It is about a new understanding of global interdependence and universal responsibility. We have to develop and apply the vision of a sustainable lifestyle with a lot of imagination, at a local, regional and global level. Our cultural diversity is an invaluable legacy and different cultures will realize this vision in their own different ways. We need to deepen and expand the global dialogue that gave birth to the Earth Charter; because we can learn a lot from each other in our ongoing search for truth and wisdom.
Life often contains contradictions between important values. That can mean difficult decisions. But we need to find ways to reconcile diversity with insight, freedom with the common good, and short-term concerns with long-term goals. Every individual, family, organization or community has an important role to play. Art and culture, science, religions, educational institutions, media, business, non-governmental organizations and governments are all called to be creative in this process. A partnership between governments, civil society and business is essential for the effective control and shaping of our fortunes.
In order to build a sustainable global community, the nations of the world must renew their ties to the UN, fulfill their obligations under existing international agreements, and adopt the implementation of the Earth Charter principles with an international, legally binding instrument for environment and development.
Let's shape our time in such a way that it will be remembered ...
- as a time when a new reverence for life awoke,
- as a time when sustainable development was resolutely launched,
- as a time when the pursuit of justice and peace was given new impetus and
- as a time of joyful celebration of life.