“The natural environment provides the basic conditions without which humanity could not survive” (CBD) - Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity How the Convention on Biological Diversity promotes nature and human well-being
The natural environment encompasses all those aspects of our world that exist outside the artificial constructs of the human hand and which remain essential to our initial, and continuing, existence. The environment, very simply, encompasses the atmosphere, ecosystems, water, biodiversity, and plant and animal life. Viewing each of these aspects in isolation reinforces their individual importance, but it should never cloud their existence as part of a much greater whole.
As inhabitants of this exquisite planet we rely on its ability to support us. Yet although the human world has been only a tiny moment on the time-scale of the Earth's age, humanity has quickly altered the Earth's delicate balances and destroyed many of its living beings. Yet without the delicate balance of heat and light and fundamental elements converging and coalescing between the limits of the slight biosphere belt in which we live, the Earth as we know it would never have come into existence.
"Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe. Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life. The forces of nature make existence a demanding and uncertain adventure, but Earth has provided the conditions essential to life's evolution. The resilience of the community of life and the well-being of humanity depend upon preserving a healthy biosphere with all its ecological systems, a rich variety of plants and animals, fertile soils, pure waters, and clean air. The global environment with its finite resources is a common concern of all peoples. The protection of Earth's vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust." - Earth, Our Home: The Earth Charter
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Earth Survey Report: Executive Summary by Peter Forrest CEO,Holistic Education Foundation