Building a Future in Which Human Beings Live in Harmony with Nature

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Building a Future in Which Human Beings Live in Harmony with Nature


HUMAN activity has affected even the most remote parts of the planet. Human ingenuity has also created wealth on an undreamed-of scale and we have learned how to extract resources for our use, but it has sometimes posed extreme danger to the quality and sustainability for the balance of nature.

The great question for the 21st century is how we can continue the progress mankind has achieved to ensure the well-being of human populations and still be able to protect our natural world. The World Wide Fund for Nature has raised the alarm in its "Living Planet Report for 2004." Stating that the human race is plundering the planet at a pace that outstrips its capacity to support life, the report says humans currently consume 20 percent more natural resources than the Earth can produce, and that populations of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine species fell between 1970 and the year 2000. Humanity will not be able to pay off its ecological debt unless it restores the balance between the Earths natural resources and its ability to renew them. …

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