4) The seeds of intelligence (genetic and memetic clues) required to successfully perform The Test are distributed into all species, races, religions, creeds, and genders; thus all individuals should be respected as carriers of the seed of intelligence required to pass The Test, lest a fundamental quantum of necessary intelligence be lost.(The Tenets of Ecocosmology). Included in the "all species" portion of the tenent are microbes, and included in the "all individuals" portion of the tenet would be individual microbe types.
Microbes are the "little people", the oldest known forms of life on earth, and are still the most abundant form of life here.
A new discovery has indicated some hope that microbes may be used in the future to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and thus, help us with the effects of too much carbon dioxide, which we describe at various times as global climate change, global warming, and the green house effect.
This example is one of thousands which illustrate what is meant by the "lest a fundamental quantum be lost" portion of the tenet; the human species could be saved from premature extinction by the help of the tiniest life form.
Respect for the environment, including its "little people", and finding the wisdom for survival contained in it is a fundamental construct very necessary for passing The Test we must pass.