The video shown below should help understand why this website has been put together.
I wish to encourage everyone to tread lightly on our precious planet. Ever since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. We have been consuming the planet’s resources at the expense of future generations of humans and of our natural environment. Receding glaciers, melting tundra, increasing temperatures and chaotic weather are all indicators of the very real threat of global warming caused by pouring millions of tonnes of CO2 and other gases into the atmosphere. I don’t think we should stand by and just let this happen – I want there to be a future for my grandchildren and their children.
- The World Wildlife Fund‘s ambition which is to create a climate-resilient and zero-carbon world, powered by renewable energy
The future shouldn’t be about economic growth. It should be about creating harmony stability sustainability for all populations and communities to have enough food and access to health services to enjoy a happy and fulfilling life with everyone caring for our natural world. Fossil fuels have helped drive economic growth, but they are also driving us to extinction. We must get off the economic growth merry-go-round. I support David Attenborough when he says “Anyone who believes in indefinite growth on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.”
Reducing Carbon Emissions
I think it’s important to have the principle of treading lightly on our precious planet in mind. After all, we only have one planet and we should have high regard for future generations to ensure that they have an environment which not only contains beautiful landscape, but also is one where the terrible threats of climate change has been conquered, or at least minimised. I can’t express how important this is. The more we pour global warming gases into the atmosphere like CO2 and methane the shorter our existence on this planet will be. With the ice caps melting and Siberia on fire in temperatures of 40°C and governments paying little heed to the need for action, it seems we are helpless. However, every action taken to prevent carbon going into the atmosphere is a step towards the solution and a step towards a planet which our grandchildren and their children can actually inhabit safely.
‘Treading lightly’ on the planet can be related to the United Nations approach: Sustainable development is the overarching paradigm of the United Nations: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
See also UN Resolution 42/187 which defined sustainable development as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The UK Sustainable Development Strategy Securing the Future set out five ‘guiding principles’ of sustainable development: living within the planet’s environmental limits; ensuring a strong, healthy and just society; achieving a sustainable economy; promoting good governance; and using sound science responsibly.