NASA When a Mars rover leaves a trail of tracks in the Martian dunes, is it a tragic imprint of human intrusion on a pristine alien landscape billions of years old, or the first hopeful sign of intelligent life arriving on a long-dead planet? Such an extraterrestrial scenario could help humans consider the moral consequences of shaping environments on Earth. The Mars rover scenario represents a stark illustration of a debate that has raged in the environmental community for decades — whether to keep environments completely free of the contamination from human influence or whether to take the pragmatic approach of regulating how humans change their environments.
Adopt at all levels sustainable development plans and regulations that make environmental conservation and rehabilitation integral to all development initiatives.
Promote the recovery of endangered species and ecosystems. Control and eradicate non-native or genetically modified organisms harmful to native species and the environment, and prevent introduction of such harmful organisms.
Manage the use of renewable resources such as water, soil, forest products, and marine life in ways that do not exceed rates of regeneration and that protect the health of ecosystems.
Manage the extraction and use of non-renewable resources such as minerals and fossil fuels in ways that minimize depletion and cause no serious environmental damage. Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and, when knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach.
Take action to avoid the possibility of serious or irreversible environmental harm even when scientific knowledge is incomplete or inconclusive. Place the burden of proof on those who argue that a proposed activity will not cause significant harm, and make the responsible parties liable for environmental harm.
Ensure that decision making addresses the cumulative, long-term, indirect, long distance, and global consequences of human activities. Prevent pollution of any part of the environment and allow no build-up of radioactive, toxic, or other hazardous substances.
Avoid military activities damaging to the environment. Reduce, reuse, and recycle the materials used in production and consumption systems, and ensure that residual waste can be assimilated by ecological systems. Act with restraint and efficiency when using energy, and rely increasingly on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
Promote the development, adoption, and equitable transfer of environmentally sound technologies. Internalize the full environmental and social costs of goods and services in the selling price, and enable consumers to identify products that meet the highest social and environmental standards.
Ensure universal access to health care that fosters reproductive health and responsible reproduction.
Adopt lifestyles that emphasize the quality of life and material sufficiency in a finite world. Advance the study of ecological sustainability and promote the open exchange and wide application of the knowledge acquired.
Support international scientific and technical cooperation on sustainability, with special attention to the needs of developing nations.
Recognize and preserve the traditional knowledge and spiritual wisdom in all cultures that contribute to environmental protection and human well-being. Ensure that information of vital importance to human health and environmental protection, including genetic information, remains available in the public domain.
Social and Economic Justice Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative. Guarantee the right to potable water, clean air, food security, uncontaminated soil, shelter, and safe sanitation, allocating the national and international resources required.
Empower every human being with the education and resources to secure a sustainable livelihood, and provide social security and safety nets for those who are unable to support themselves.
Recognize the ignored, protect the vulnerable, serve those who suffer, and enable them to develop their capacities and to pursue their aspirations. Ensure that economic activities and institutions at all levels promote human development in an equitable and sustainable manner.
Promote the equitable distribution of wealth within nations and among nations.
Enhance the intellectual, financial, technical, and social resources of developing nations, and relieve them of onerous international debt. Ensure that all trade supports sustainable resource use, environmental protection, and progressive labor standards.
Require multinational corporations and international financial organizations to act transparently in the public good, and hold them accountable for the consequences of their activities.
Affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable development and ensure universal access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.
Secure the human rights of women and girls and end all violence against them. Promote the active participation of women in all aspects of economic, political, civil, social, and cultural life as full and equal partners, decision makers, leaders, and beneficiaries.
Strengthen families and ensure the safety and loving nurture of all family members.
Uphold the right of all, without discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being, with special attention to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.
Eliminate discrimination in all its forms, such as that based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, language, and national, ethnic or social origin. Affirm the right of indigenous peoples to their spirituality, knowledge, lands and resources and to their related practice of sustainable livelihoods.
Honor and support the young people of our communities, enabling them to fulfill their essential role in creating sustainable societies. Protect and restore outstanding places of cultural and spiritual significance. Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice.
Uphold the right of everyone to receive clear and timely information on environmental matters and all development plans and activities which are likely to affect them or in which they have an interest. Support local, regional and global civil society, and promote the meaningful participation of all interested individuals and organizations in decision making.
Protect the rights to freedom of opinion, expression, peaceful assembly, association, and dissent.Will Human Life on Earth Come to an End? They have the power and ability to extract natural resources from the earth. science‐fiction‐speak for adapting another planet or moon into a planet that can sustain life in the same way Earth can.
This process involves creating appropriate. Human Demand Exceeds Earth's Sustainable Supply the global population exhausted a supply of natural resources equivalent to that produced by earths each year, eroding natures ability to. By , humanity’s global footprint stays within the Earth’s capacity to sustain life and the natural resources of our planet are shared equitably WWF's Strategic Plan for Conservation PDF MB.
Nov 11, · To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.
Preamble We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise.
To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms [ ]. (Sagan, ) Finally, in our unequal distribution of natural resources, resource depletion escalates as consumerism cultures promote waste. Increasing populace results in not only the elimination of the fundamental sustenance for existence, but a deteriorating quality of life that commands change.