E. The Ecology, Nature and other Species panelists
after careful deliberation on the theme of “Nature , Ecology, and Environment : Implications for World Peace” submit to the assembled Congress the following resolutions:
Recognizing that in earlier times we wondered how long the excluded and oppressed peoples of our planet would have to struggle to achieve basic human dignity;
Recognizing that we did not realize at the time that along with social injustice the scepter of human extinction would stare us in the face;
Acknowledging that the ecological crisis is accelerating at an alarming rate and that each of us can do small and big things to reverse the situation;
Affirming that we shall overcome in the end;
We propose the following,
a. At the personal level
- that we make the right choices rather than succumb to the seduction of the consumer market,
- that we be careful in the use of water, turn of the lights, take a bus or a train instead of a plane, as far as possible,
- that we begin to see the earth as sacred, as a mother to be honored and not as a commodity to be plundered and wasted,
- that we sense the energy and the nurturance that the earth gifts us,
- that we eat less meat and more vegetables, fruits and cereal, since the production of meat inflicts a heavy toll on the environment,
- that we produce and consume locally as far as possible, not least of all because we can avoid transportation over long distances, which is a major cause of global warming,
b. That since corporations are a major source of environmental pollution, citizens must increasingly monitor corporate behavior and evaluate their ecological footprints , obliging them to compete with each other in promoting ecological best practices.
Simultaneously we should strive to change human consumer behavior by working together with corporations to popularize the image of being green,
c. That civil society groups and organizations must pressure national governments to participate in the formulation and implementation of environmental policy and legislation. Only a transparent and participatory process can prevent special interest groups from subverting the implementation of meaningful environmental laws,
d. That we push our elected representatives to move swiftly to develop alternate energy sources, be they wind, sun, hydrogen fuel cells or sustainable bio-fuels etc.,
e. That since in most countries agriculture is the largest consumer of water, we develop methods of low-water agriculture, such as the Madagascar method o f paddy cultivation and the drip and sprinkler methods of irrigation and that these must be subsidized with government funds so that they can be widely used,
f. That we should organize civil society debates on all aspects related to global warming and lobby both nationally and internationally to move towards more substantive efforts to go to the roots on climate change,
g. That we should support the socially responsible companies by increasing the consumer awareness of ecological benefits of being and staying green and using more plant based products in lieu of pesticides or chemically enriched products.
h. That we should strive to understand the implications and impact of WAR (and what is behind war) on environment and that we should publicize this widely.
i. That we should promote and ensure protection for the ever increasing numbers of environmental refugees and recognize the need for a new U.N. international convention on the states of refugees that includes the terms environmental refugee, and ensures the safe and adequate care, and protection for the world’s internally displaced environmental refugees and international environmental refugees.