3. Ecological Civilisation

The planet can only respond to climate change if we humans act, stop its physical abuse, and care for it. Pockets of people worldwide are already taking stock and creating the necessary shift from an industrial to an ecological civilisation. This shift involves philosophical, social, and spiritual changes and transforming our political processes. It is as significant as what we experienced in Yorkshire 250 years ago when transitioning from an agricultural to an industrial society. This time, the difference is that ordinary people will be in charge, working for the common good.

The heavy Industrial period that stretched beyond the second half of the last century has resulted in widespread deforestation, air and water pollution, and the destruction of habitats.

Air pollution from woollen and steel mills and some factories resulted in respiratory infections. Coal-fired engines harmed vegetation and wildlife. Waterways suffered contamination from industrial waste. The loss of green spaces and natural habitats impacted biodiversity. Soil quality deteriorated due to contamination.

Living in harmony with nature

Ecological civilisation seeks to harmonise human activities with the natural environment. It tackles pressing issues such as climate change, air and water pollution, soil degradation, clean energy, food security, and social justice.

Pope Francis reminded us that we are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis, both social and environmental.

Both needing our attention on a global, national and local regional level.

For our part!

For our part, we will adopt and commit ourselves to deliver on the Earth Charter. The Charter launched in June 2000 is the product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural dialogue connecting the problems of climate and social change. The Charter focuses the mind when planning and developing new policies, even at the most local level. 

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