Greener Way Charter
The Greener Way Charter
As the world becomes smaller and increasingly interdependent, only grass root efforts can guide it to great promise or let it slip into peril. To create a World community that thrives we must recognize that in the midst of magnificent diversity of cultures we are one human family with a common destiny. Only by joining together can we bring forth a sustainable global society founded on human rights, economic justice, cultural tolerance and a respect for nature. We the citizens of Earth must declare our personal responsibility to one another, working diligently to build a unified world community for the sake of ourselves and future generations.
Earth, Our Home
Humanity is a part of the vast and changing universe. The planet we are all living on is teaming with unique communities of widely diverse life forms. Nature makes existence a demanding and uncertain adventure, but Earth has all the essential elements needed for the survival and evolution of life. The resilience of biosphere and the well-being of humanity depend upon preserving a healthy ecological systems, a rich variety of plants and animals, fertile soils, pure waters, and clean air. Because our world has finite resources the protection of Earth's vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust.
The Global Situation
The current ways of production and consumption are devastating the environment, depleting its resources, and causing many species of plants and animals to become extinct. The benefits of world development are not shared equitably which is creating an ever widening gap between rich and poor. Injustice, ignorance, poverty, and violent are increasing world wide. The burden of human population on the worlds ecological and social systems is stretching the world�s limited resources. The very foundations of global security are being threatened. While the global situation is perilous, it does not have to be its destiny.
The Challenges Ahead
We must all work together, to care for Earth and one another, or face the real possibility of human extinction. Fundamental changes are needed in human values, institutions, and ways of living. We must come to understand that civilization should be about being more to each other, not having more for ourselves. Today we have the knowledge and technology to provide the needs of every human on Earth and to reduce our impacts on the environment. Environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are all interconnected, and we must all begin to work together in an inclusive manor to find solutions.
To reach these higher human values, we must choose to live with a sense of world citizenship and responsibility. It is no longer practical to identifying ourselves only to local communities. Each and everyone of us must share responsibility for the well-being of all humanity and the living world we all depend on. When we live with reverence for the mystery of existence, and humility regarding stewardship toward nature, a human kinsmanship and spirit with all nature is obtained.
I. Care and Respect for the Earth Community
1. Respect the diversity of life on Earth.
a. Recognize that all forms of life have value.
b. Belief in universal human dignity and the spiritual potential of humanity.
2. Use love, compassion and understanding in your stewardship of community.
a. Accept that with the right to own, manage, and use natural resources comes
3. Nurture democratic societies that are sustainable, just, participatory, and peaceful.
a. Support communities at all levels which guarantee human
b. Promote social and economic justice, enabling all to live
a secure and
4. Secure for future generations the beauty and bounty of Earth.
a. Recognize that the freedom of action of each generation
is qualified by the
b. Preserve for future generations the values, traditions,
and institutions that
In order to fulfill these four broad commitments, it is necessary to:
5. Protect and restore the sustainability of Earth's ECO
systems, with special attention
a. Regulations and development initiatives should be developed
at all levels
b. Create and safeguard nature and biosphere reserves, including
wild lands and marine
c. Support the recovery of endangered species and ecosystems.
d. Identify non-native or genetically modified organisms
harmful to native species and the
e. Manage the use of renewable resources in ways that do
not exceed rates of
f. Manage the use of non-renewable resources in ways that
minimize depletion and cause
6. Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection
and, when knowledge is limited,
a. Take action to avoid the possibility of serious or irreversible
environmental harm even
b. Place the burden of proof on those who argue that a proposed
activity will not cause
c. Ensure that decision making addresses the cumulative,
long-term, indirect, long
d. Prevent pollution of any part of the environment and allow
no build-up of radioactive,
e. Use diplomacy to avoid military or civil disruptions damaging to the environment.
7. Use methods of consumption, production, and reproduction
which will restore Earth�s patterns
a. Reduce, reuse, and recycle materials used and ensure that
waste does no harm to
b. Conserve energy use and develop renewable sources.
c. Regulate the full social and environmental costs of goods
and services in the selling
d. Teach conservation and a health life style so that Earth�s
finite resources can be
8. Study and exchange advanced ecological sustainability technologies.
a. Support international scientific and technical cooperation
on sustainability, with special
b. Catalog and preserve the traditional knowledge and spiritual
wisdom in all cultures that
c. Ensure that information of vital importance to human health
III. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
9. Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.
a. Guarantee the right to potable water, clean air, food
security, uncontaminated soil,
b. Empower every human being with the education and resources
to secure a sustainable
c. Recognize the ignored, protect the vulnerable, serve those
who suffer, and enable them
10. Regulate economic activities and institutions which promote
human development in a
a. Enhance the intellectual, financial, technical, and social resources of developing nations.
b. Ensure that all trade supports sustainable resource use,
environmental protection, and
c. Require multinational corporations and international financial
organizations to act
11. Affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to
sustainable development and ensure
a. Secure the human rights of women and girls and end all violence against them.
b. Promote the active participation of women in all aspects
of economic, political, civil,
c. Strengthen families and ensure the safety and loving nurture of all family members.
12. Uphold the rights of all, without discrimination, to a
natural and social environment supportive of
a. Eliminate discrimination in all its forms, such as that
based on race, color, sex, sexual
b. Affirm the right of indigenous peoples to their spirituality,
knowledge, lands and resources
c. Honor and support the young people of our communities,
enabling them to fulfill their
d. Protect and restore outstanding places of cultural and spiritual significance.
IV. DEMOCRACY, NONVIOLENCE, AND PEACE
13. Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and
provide transparency and accountability in
a. Uphold the right of everyone to receive clear and timely
information on environmental
b. Support local, regional and global civil society, and
promote the meaningful participation
c. Protect the rights to freedom of opinion, expression,
peaceful assembly, association,
d. Institute effective and efficient access to administrative
and independent judicial
e. Strengthen local communities, enabling them to care for
their environments, and assign
14. Integrate into formal education and life-long learning
the knowledge, values, and skills needed
a. Provide all, especially children and youth, with educational
opportunities that empower
b. Promote the contribution of the arts and humanities as
well as the sciences in
d. Focus on the importance of moral and spiritual education for sustainable living.
15. Treat all living beings with respect and consideration.
a. Stop cruelty to animals and protect them from suffering.
b. Avoid or eliminate to the full extent possible the taking
or destruction of non-targeted
16. Promote a culture of tolerance, nonviolence, and peace.
a. Encourage and support mutual understanding, solidarity,
and cooperation among all
b. Implement comprehensive strategies to prevent violent
conflict and use collaborative
c. Demilitarize national security systems to the level of
a non-provocative defense posture,
d. Eliminate nuclear, biological, and toxic weapons and other
weapons of mass
e. Ensure that the use of orbital and outer space supports environmental protection and
f. Recognize that peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other
persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.
The Way Forward
At this time in history, Earth�s destiny beckons every nation and every human to find new ways to uphold the promise of these principles.
This requires a change of mind and heart. It requires a new sense of global interdependence and universal responsibility. We must imaginatively develop and apply the vision of a sustainable way of life locally, nationally, regionally, and globally. Our cultural diversity is a precious heritage and different cultures will find their own distinctive ways to realize the vision. We must deepen and expand the global dialogue that generated the these principles, for we have much to learn from the ongoing collaborative search for truth and wisdom.
Life often involves tensions between important values. This can mean difficult choices. However, we must find ways to harmonize diversity with unity, the exercise of freedom with the common good, short-term objectives with long-term goals. Every individual, family, organization, and community has a vital role to play. The arts, sciences, religions, educational institutions, media, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and governments are all called to offer creative leadership. The partnership of government, civil society, and business is essential for effective governance.
Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.
The inspiration for The Greener Way Charter was taken from The Earth Charter. It was modified so as not to be political or subordinate to the United Nations or any other special interest groups. Greener Way Associates, Inc. is a non profit, non political, non religious organization. We are located in Culver City, California and we are loyal patriotic American Citizens whom obey and follow the laws of local, state and federal governments.
Last Updated June 18, 2012