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Environmental Strategy, Sustainability, and Collective Interdependence

We envision sustained community endeavor that’s based on implementing the aims and actions of a strategy focused on achieving a sustainable future through collective interdependence.

There is not just one set of guiding principles for sustainable development. The following information, guidelines and principles adapted from a variety of sources, reflect the diverse, secular, spiritual and academic perspectives considered fundamental to questions about sustainable requirements to achieve not only environmental sustainability but also to secure long-term social and economic progress.

Searching questions

Humanity’s needs go beyond mere technical solutions to immediate environmental problems. We must consider searching questions about the prevalent consumer culture, its underlying materialistic values, and the resultant disastrous impact on the environment and human populations.

Public dialogue

For progress at the technical and policy levels will require public dialogue—among rural and urban stakeholders; among the disenfranchised, the poor and the affluent; among men, women, the old and young alike—on the moral, ethical and spiritual foundations of much needed systemic change; for a sustainable social order distinguished by an ethic of reciprocity, and to achieve socio-economic balance at all levels of society.

Moral courage

Have the moral courage to look for novel ways and try new things, to establish sustainable patterns of individual and collective life. To step up and lead means taking risks and will require self-will and self-discipline. The means to achieve will not only require new technologies but also a new consciousness, a new understanding about ourselves as human beings, and a new conception of our place in the world community.

Social transformation

The transformation that’s required means a shift towards sustainable consumption and production, and away from wonton materialism. This will entail an organic change in society in order to reflect the full interdependence of the entire social fabric and its interconnectedness with the natural world that sustains it.

Focused topics

These topics generate considerable public discourse and inspire new realities seasoned for systematic, sustainable accomplishments with generational changes far into the distant future: the consciousness of world citizenship; the eventual federation of all nations through an integrated system of governance with a capacity for global decision-making; establish governing structures which recognize humanity’s common ownership of the earth’s resources; promote gender justness and full equality between men and women; eliminating all forms of prejudice; establishing a universal currency (an integrating mechanism for global economic justice); adopting an international auxiliary language to facilitate mutual understanding; and the redirection of massive military expenditures towards constructive social ends.

Spiritual-based indicators

Optimism about the future is inevitable and is now emerging. Being realistic, there is also an understanding that progress toward a secure and prosperous future will require an enormous amount of perseverance, perseverance, sacrifice and change. Therefore, clear goals, meaningful policies and standards, identified programs, and agreed upon indicators of progress are necessary to chart humanity’s common future make regular course corrections as needed. It will involve governments, multilateral organizations, non-government organizations, the private sector, civil society, and key individuals. In striving toward this future, all concerned must understand what they are working for. It will require vigilance through self-reflection and self-evaluation to become constructive participants in this process. While each of these elements, relevant goals, policies, standards, programs and indicators are necessary, of utmost importance is creating spiritual-based indicators to assess and help guide the development progress.

A just, united and sustainable global civilization must include five spiritual principles as foundational requirements to realize a secure future. They are not the only principles necessary for us to consider; they are sufficient concepts to serve as a starting point for this effort: diversity inclusiveness; equity and justice; gender justness and equality of the sexes; trustworthiness, integrity and moral leadership; education with an aim to determine truth.

Intergenerational Equity

Present and future generations should have equal access to resources and opportunities. Making these available depends on quality planning with long-term projections for goals and objectives, strategic intervals to assess accomplishment, make adjustments to programs as needed to meet stated requirements, and direct or redirect resources as to ensure program objectives are being met.

Systems thinking

Systems thinking is a holistic approach to analysis that focuses on how a system and its constituent parts interrelate and work over time, and within the context of larger systems. In ecological systems, as with human systems, everything is inter-connected. The connections are not always obvious, but they are there and are necessary. Planning and decisions made will have an immediate and profound impact.


Sustainable development is inherently hard to quantify because human well-being is multifaceted, and those working to expand its benefits often rely on certain indicators to draw conclusions about conditions that are also difficult to quantify. Using per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as an indicator of living standards or quality of life is one time-honored, though controversial and contested, example.

Reliance on indicators like GDP has the unfortunate side effect of muddying the relationship between ‘means and ends’. Up to a certain point, material well-being correlates with happiness, but past that it weakens and then disappears. This touches on complex issues of spiritual endowment, belief-systems, equity and social value, and resist answers based on a simple recipe or formula. Yet we know widespread human well-being is not achievable without a conscious exploration of the prerequisites needed to achieve that very well-being.

Transformative change can only come about if we transcend the realm of technique in order to address the question of the true nature of humanity. This is the primary aim of sustainable development.

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