Finding The Key To Sustainability
This incredible photo (click to see larger) is of astronaut Bruce McCandless taken on February 1984 seen high above the Earth during a Challenger space shuttle mission. He was in a world so far removed from Nature, yet made habitable through the ability of mankind to develop new technology. Many argue that now is the time for this human ingenuity to be highly focused on the repair of the Planet.
United Nations data shows that our combined inputs are currently accelerating the level of the Earth's decay and causing a rapid decline in the Planet's ability to support life. U.N. scientists believe there is still time left to repair the Earth, however the window may be as short as five years to initiate significant changes. Pollution levels need to be reduced quickly and this is where we are currently failing as data shows global pollution to be actually rising and accelerating upwards. International support structures for the restoration of biodiversity are crucial. Humanity needs to move back to being in equilibrium with Nature, and not purely dedicated to the consumption of resources.
Creating sustainability for the Planet requires the rapid implementation of the conservation of energy and resources, the maximum deployment of sustainable zero emissions energy like wind and solar, and creating new technology that gives close to zero impact upon the environment. Worldwide, there is not enough being done today to prevent the melting of the Antarctic and Northern Polar ice caps, and without conservation, the ramifications of the disappearance of the ice caps to humanity will be severe and bring extreme environmental disturbances. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides the vehicle for all countries to work together at finding a solution. International economic trading structures need significant revisions to support the restoration of clean biodiverse environments and also the promotion of significant reductions in all types of pollution and unnecessary waste.
To ensure the life of the future generations, humanity throughout the world will need to focus its thinking on the next thousand years and not just on today and next week. Never has mankind been so challenged; yet never has there been so much opportunity to collectively work together to find an international solution.