For many, planet Earth and the staggering web of life to which we all belong are worth protecting for their own sake. A sense of wonder and a profound respect for nature runs deep in many cultures and religions. People instinctively relate to the well-known proverb: We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
Yet we are not proving good stewards of our one planet. The way we meet our needs today is compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs – the very opposite of sustainable development.
Find out how and why we’ve come to this point in the latest WWF’s Living Planet Report:
Our only way to curb that trend is to
- Preserve natural capital
- Produce better
- Consume more wisely
- Redirect financial flows
- Equitable resource governance