|Contd from part-4
THE WAY FORWARD
As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning. Such
renewal is the promise of these Earth Charter prin
ciples. To fulfill this promise, we must commit
ourselves to adopt and promote the values and objectives of the Charter.
This requires a change of mind and heart. It requires a new sense of global interdependence
and universal responsibility. We must imaginatively develop and apply the vision of a
sustainable way of life locally, nationally, regionally, and globally. Our cultural diversity is a
precious heritage and different cultures will find their own distinctive ways to realize the vision.
We must deepen and expand the global dialogue that generated the Earth Charter, for we
have much to learn from the ongoing collaborative search for truth and wisdom.
Life often involves tensions between important values. This can mean difficult choices.
However, we must find ways to harmonize diversit
y with unity, the exercise of freedom with the
common good, short-term objectives with long-term goals. Every individual, family,
organization, and community has a vital role to play. The arts, sciences, religions, educational
institutions, media, businesses, nongovernm
ental organizations, and governments are all
called to offer creative leadership. The partnership of government, civil society, and business
is essential for effective governance.
In order to build a sustainable global community, the nations of the world must renew their
commitment to the United Nations, fulfill their obligations under existing international
agreements, and support the implementation of Earth Charter principles with an international
legally binding instrument on environment and development.
Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve
to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the
struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful
celebration of life.