绿色,从草根开始

布卢明顿— 人们对联合国里约+20峰会寄予厚望。许多人将其称为“地球A计划”(Plan A for Planet Earth),希望领导人形成一份单一国际协定保护我们的生命维持系统、防止地球陷入全球性人道主义危机。

里约峰会不作为将是灾难性的,但单一国际协定也是个大错误。我们不能依赖单一的全球政策来解决我们共同资源的管理问题:海洋、大气、森林、河道以及丰富的生命多样性,这些要素结合在一起,为生命(包括70亿人类)创造了繁衍生息的适宜条件。

我们从未面临过当今全球互联社会所面临的问题。没有人敢打保票如何做才是正确的,因此,建立一个能够快速演化和适应的系统才是最重要的。

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