Campaigning for the biosphere

The Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES), representing business investors, financial institutions and corporations promotes 10 principles of environmental management to its corporate members. The first principle states: "We will reduce and make continual progress toward eliminating the release of any substance that may cause environmental damage to the air, water, or the earth or its inhabitants. We will safeguard all habitats affected by our operations and will protect open spaces and wilderness, while preserving biodiversity."< The biosphere is a community to which we belong rather than a commodity belonging to us. All species have inherent value in the biosphere. Human beings have stewardship for the quality of water, air and soil of the biosphere. The entropic throughput of natural resources should reflect their real costs as a factor in production and consumption. The health and well-being of humans and all other species is inseparable from the health and well-being of the biosphere. Development must be in harmony with the environment. Any production that is not sustainable cannot be counted as capital. Optimal allocation of human and natural resources must be in harmony with optimal scale, recognizing the finite limits of the biosphere. Human activity must not be conducted at the irreversible expense of other species and ecosystems. Diversity is integral to a sustainable society. Sustainable development maintains or enhances the integrity of natural resource capital, thereby contributing to the increased well-being of all species. The present generation has an obligation to future generations. The health of one nation ultimately affects the health of all nations.
Geography Ecology
Type Classification:
G: Very Specific strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land