Russell W. Peterson's Declaration of Interdependence
Chris Coons was the last speaker at the memorial service for Russ Peterson. He led the gathering in reciting Peterson's Declaration of Interdependence, written in 1973:
We the people of the planet Earth,
with respect for the dignity of each human life,
with concern for future generations,
with growing appreciation of our relation to the environment,
with recognition of limits to our resources and with need for adequate food, air, water, shelter, health, protection, justice, and self-fulfillment,
hereby declare our interdependence and resolve to work together in harmony with our environment to enhance the quality of life everywhere.