the earth charter recognizes our interdependence. EC foes at last week's meeting seemed to wrestle with this concept, but I can't understand people who fail to recognize this seemingly apparent and obvious description. Of course we are interdependent with each other and all living systems on the planet. People depend on ecosystems for food, shelter, clean air and water. The most basic needs. In the global economy of the 21st century, we depend on the people of other countries for goods and services, cheap labor (that is a regrettable fact), and indeed, peace. And people in other countries depend on us, the US, for goods and services, peace, and a little bit of assistance in economic development.