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Our grandchildren’s future is at stake

2015-06-05

5th of June is the World Environment Day. This day, appointed more than 40 years ago, draws attention every year to the importance of our environmental values. However, neither individuals nor policy-makers take any real actions. There are possible solutions; still, making economic profit comes before the future of natural values.

This important day was first appointed in 1972 by the UN, and has a different motto every year. This year, sustainable consumption and production are in the focus with the motto “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.”

The choice of motto makes sense as the increasing population burdens the Earth with a bigger and bigger ecological footprint; the rate of over-consumption forebodes a sinister future within a few decades.

Climatologists have been sounding the alarm for decades; there has been a climate summit at the end of each year since 2009, where the world’s policy-makers meet to find real solutions. The responsible and sustainable production of enterprises comes into focus; innovative green technologies are created around the world every day to find a common solution for the exploitation of the Earth’s resources.

But is it really the lack of solutions that puts the future of the planet and that of the human societies in danger? Or is it due to the lack of real long-term commitment that there are no results?

We can see every day that the rest of the natural values are not protected either, although we know that our existence depends on them. We change well-tried systems and practices if the powerful voice of rapid economic growth overrides the Earth’s cry for help. This is true for most countries, even in the area of the European Union who is at the forefront in the field of conservation.

Because of the rapid economic profit, the European Commission is currently questioning the two most important policies about European conservation. There is a social consultation about this issue, so now anyone can send their opinion to the European Commission about the topic, whether an expert or just someone who wants their grandchildren to live in a healthy environment.

Civil conservation organisations are taking actions on the case all around Europe and have collected 200 000 signatures so far. It is very important that the more people sign the questionnaire in all countries by 24 July the better, because then it will be clear for the policy-makers what the Earth’s population want.