A Magna Carta for the earth?
By His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
The international discussions under way in the course of this vital year–including July’s Finance for Development Meeting in Addis Ababa, the agreement of a new set of universal Sustainable Development Goals at the UN in September and the climate change summit in Paris at the end of 2015–represent a remarkable and unprecedented opportunity to establish what might be called a “Magna Carta for the earth” for our times.
At a time of great fragility and uncertainty, compounded by ever-growing appalling conflict and humanitarian tragedy, I am more concerned than ever before that our collective demands on the earth are outstripping what our planet can sustainably supply, and that if we are to avoid further unpleasant consequences we will need to make fundamental changes to how we approach growth and development.
The Magna Carta–the 800th anniversary of whose signing in England we celebrate this year–established some of the central principles of human rights and individual liberty that hold today. Such a totemic document has proved…
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