VALUES AND VISION
One Earth Conservation’s work is grounded in the acknowledgment of a system of exploitation and domination which harms and oppresses many forms of life. Parrots and the humans they share land with suffer at the intersection of multiple harms which indicate a society in need of restructuring around the following principles:
All individuals of all species have inherent worth and dignity. All are connected to each other in worth, beauty and well-being.
We are also connected in harm. What is done to one is done to all of us. Villains are in turn victims. None are free until all are free.
Humans are adaptable and can change, both individually and as families, organizations, communities, and societies.
Humans need each other and other species to grow and heal. We can grow through embracing our belonging to earth and the life upon it. We can nurture nature in return.
It’s our sincere belief that the lives of all humans and animals have inherent worth and dignity and that the well-being of all is of ultimate importance. We must fight for the health and freedom of all birds around the world, whether a nestling falling from a tree or a captive elderly parrot in the United States.
We support our staff, volunteers, and partners across the Americas by continuously seeking to deconstruct systems of domination and oppression within ourselves, our practices, and our projects.
Parrots – and all wild animals – should be free from the harmful impacts of human behaviors, such as keeping birds in captivity. However, as long as humans continue to desire parrots as pets, and hence purchase and cage them, the exploitative and tragic cycle of trapping, selling, and declining populations, will continue. We envision a world where:
Humans no longer view all parrots as pets to keep in homes and cages
All parrots can fly and live free as the wild animals they are
Humans connect strongly to their own animal origins and to nature, being curious about the needs of parrots (and the people who live with them) so that they may change their behavior
Humans connect strongly to the understanding of interconnecting harm brought on by domination and oppression. Out of a sense of hope and commonality with other species and people, they seek to change their behavior.
Marginalized peoples can find better economic opportunity and more personal fulfillment from the protection of parrots than poaching of them. Choice, voice, solidarity, and empowerment are a central tenet of parrot conservation in their communities.
Society is restructured, especially where parrots range, to reduce the harmful impact on all beings of the removal of resources that result in harm to life and ecosystems.
In this world, the demand for parrots as pets, as well as the economic conditions and systems supporting the wildlife trade and captive bird industries, disappears.
We will continue our work so long as people and parrots continue to be harmed by systems of oppression and domination.