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The Earth Charter


"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 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. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations. "

United Nations UNESCO-UNEVOC Teaching & Learning for a Sustainable Future Source: Preamble, The Earth Charter.



What is Sustainability?

Sustainability simply refers to the long-term viability of an activity, system, or series of interdependent systems. Over the years, this simple concept has received a wide range of definitions:

Development that meets the needs of of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. [BRUNTLAND]

Management practices that are designed to ensure that the exploitation of resources is conducted in a manner that protects the resource base for use by future generations. [FONTANA]

Sustainability is an economic state where the demands placed upon the environment by people and commerce can be met without reducing the capacity of the environment to provide for future generations. It can also be expressed in the simple terms of an economic golden rule for the restorative economy: leave the world better than you found it, take no more than you need, try not to harm life of the environment, make amends if you do. [HAWKEN]

Principles that seek to establish a dynamic balance between and ecosystem well-being togeconomic, environmental and social priorities, and to improve or maintain humanether, both now and into the long-term, locally and globally. [NRTEE]

See: Sustainability Now Five years the key to the planet's  future. See: World Wildlife Fund's "Climate Solutions- WWF's Vision for 2050"  ( 3.24mb .pdf )

\The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation ( UNESCO) through its International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNEVOC) provides a curriculum and appropriate resources for global education on sustainable futures.

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WWF's Sustainable Energy report Visit for a copy of this outstanding report on how the world can best embrace the challenge of mitigating climate change.

Source: Climate Solutions. WWF's Vision for 2050 p. 7  (3.24mb).pdf document available here