Deep ecology’s concern for all species is extended by the principles of its Charter, which highlights human interdependence with the natural world. The Charter is a thoughtful look at our responsibilities for the environment.
See how many of these 13 Charter points you agree with and think need to become part of a responsible outlook to the future?
Charter of Rights and Responsibilities for the Environment
* 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.