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.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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