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Queries on Environment and Development

Queries on Environment and Development

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Published by Robert Pollard
Queries on environment and development submitted by the Friends Committee on Unity with Nature (now Quaker Earthcare Witness) for the National Public Hearings on Our Common Future at the Globescope Pacific Assembly in November 1989
Queries on environment and development submitted by the Friends Committee on Unity with Nature (now Quaker Earthcare Witness) for the National Public Hearings on Our Common Future at the Globescope Pacific Assembly in November 1989

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Queries on Environment and Development
Prepared for Globescope Pacific Assemblyby
Friends Committee on Unity With Nature
A Sustainable Economyo
Are we working to create a sustainable economy that addresses the needs of present andfuture generations, as well as the needs of the earth?
Measures of Wealtho
Do we seek a measure of the wealth of a nation, or of a community, that reflects the value of intangible elements of the quality of life -- such as a sense of community, family, tradition andthe spiritual life of people?
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Do we seek a measure of the wealth of a nation, or of a community, that reflects the value of tangible elements of the quality of environment -- such as the quality of the air, earth andwater, biological diversity, and ecological integrity -- as well as less tangible qualities -- such asbeauty, solitude, and people's spiritual relationship with nature?
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Do we take steps to assure that the values guiding development include these values, and thatdevelopment does not undermine these intangible and vital parts of our lives?
Environmental Implications of Developmento
Do we take steps to nurture development that does not disrupt local ecosystems, depletenatural resources, or adversely impact the environment?  Do we take steps to mitigate orreverse threatening environmental trends?
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Are we actively seeking to create an economic structure that supports the maximum use of energy efficient technologies and practices, and which rely upon relatively renewable,non-polluting energy resources?
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Are we actively supporting lower resource input, locally adapted, sustainable methods of agriculture over agricultural practices that depend upon high levels of petrochemicals,genetically uniform monocrops, and extensive transportation?  Do we appreciate the wisdominherent in indigenous agricultural practices?
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Are we actively supporting the development of cost effective and energy efficient methods of transportation for humans and for goods?
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Do we seek to advance policies and activities which assure that waste and pollution caused bymodern industrial development is minimized, and that the costs of pollution to society and theenvironment accrue to those who cause it?
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Are we mindful of the need to create or maintain adequate job opportunities requiring diverseskills, as well as to avoid or resolve any conflicts that may arise between the creation of jobsand quality of the environment?
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Do we actively support the development of policy and legislation that provide support andguidelines for sustainable development?
Responsibility within Industrialized Nationso
Do we in industrialized countries seek ways to set an example by avoiding unnecessaryconsumption, reducing the volume of disposable waste, and responsibly treating or disposing of waste?
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Are we applying the same strict standards of sustainability to existing industrial,manufacturing and agricultural practices that we seek to apply to new development initiatives?
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Are we responsible for our own actions?  Do we refuse to work in unsafe conditions, or in waysthat contribute to the erosion of environmental quality?  Do we work to establish laws thatprotect people's right to refuse to work in those conditions?
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Do we invest our resources in a manner that contributes to sustainable development?

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