We support the
vision of a 'Great Work' of repairing the damaged Earth, that
this is the dream and narrative an ecological civilization must
We assert a ‘Nature-Human
Centric’ and not an Anthropocentric
worldview. Such a view is eco-centric and respects the Earth and
its life, both for its intrinsic value and for its values
to present and future generations. It also acknowledges that we
need to value the diversity and creativity of human
civilization, and ensure that this can live in an ecologically
sustainable way into the future.
We assert that
justice is needed both for the human and non-human world,
and that both need to go together.
We accept that
human action is the cause of many environmental problems, and
accordingly we must seek solutions, and that such solutions
We realise that
the pressures on Nature will increase in coming years to the
point where many ecosystems collapse- unless human worldview,
attitudes and actions change.
that all life on Earth (including humanity) depends on Nature
and the 'ecosystem services’ it provides.
We seek to
protect and restore the Earth's ecological integrity, biological
diversity and natural processes.
We believe that
we must seek to return our current global ecological footprint
(1.5 Earths) to just one Earth- the one we have, and on which we
must live sustainably.
that the Earth's growing human population is an important
barrier to reaching sustainability, and that education and
family planning can help us stabilise world population.
that consumerism is one of the major problems causing the
environmental crisis, an ideology created after World War II.
We believe our
civilization must cease to believe that ecosystem services are
free and limitless. Their full value, and the costs incurred by
damaging them, must be taken into account in all economic
and social accounting.
We uphold the
principles of intra- and inter-generational equity, or
fairness in how resources are distributed within this generation
and between this and future generations.
We adopt the precautionary principle, so that those proposing development
must show that their actions are without significant harm to the
environment, rather than the community needing to demonstrate
absolute proof of an action's damage.
We accept the reality of human-caused climate change, and we seek to roll
back denial of climate change and other environmental problems.
We act on the
premise that there is still time to avoid the worst impacts of
climate change but that we must take strong action now.
We accept that
the costs of stabilising the climate are significant but
manageable, and that delay (or failing to act) would be
dangerous to civilization and much more costly.
renewable energy and energy conservation as the key solutions to
abandoning a fossil-fuel based economy. We believe nuclear
energy is not the solution in terms of its own
environmental problems, slowness to be installed, danger of
proliferation of nuclear weapons, and high cost.
Economic and Social
that on a finite planet an ever-growing economy is simply not
possible. We therefore support a Steady State Economy or Ecological Economy. We support ‘tax-shifting’ to penalise
environmentally damaging activities. We support moving subsidies
away from environmentally-degrading activities to those that
support the ‘Great Work’ of repairing the Earth's ecosystems. We
support a Green GNP and GDP that assesses how we conserve the
Earth's natural capital and ecosystem services.
We support an
economy and society that protects the Earth's ecosystems and
community well-being, where the quality of social and
economic development should take precedence over the quantity.
We believe that
solving the environmental crisis will require that we also solve
the major and growing issue of poverty and inequity. The
environmental crisis makes poverty worse, and increasing poverty
accelerates the environmental crisis. We thus need to solve
We affirm gender
equality and social equity as integral to sustainability, and
that special attention should be given to the rights of
indigenous peoples and minorities.
that ecological sustainability will happen faster if local
communities become champions of sustainability, share the
benefits, and are involved in the decisions to reach
We strive to
work together with all sections of government, business, and the
community to reach ecological sustainability.
that lack of political will is one of the greatest
problems to solving the environmental and social crisis. We urge
the world community to pressure all governments for an
urgent sustainability program as part of the ‘Great Work’ of
repairing the Earth.