"Living" systems and structures that integrate sustainable human needs with renewable material resources. Fulfilling basic human needs (food, water, shelter etc) and restoring the natural environment. Self-organizing, community-based action plans demonstrating reverence for all life.
We need to address the subject of the movement of peoples around the globe, and the possibilities of settling sparsely populated areas. What would it be like if population was balanced around the earth? How would that affect the planet herself? (Removing stresses from particular areas, the impact of people's psychic energy on their locale, greening the deserts, the possible effects on the atmosphere mix of oxygen/carbon dioxide, etc, and the effects on the fresh water and irrigation systems around the planet). How could people and society work, travel, and communicate at distances from each other? What are the possibilities of new energy systems that might make this type of population balance more feasible?
Housing can be made more harmonious, using the materials and designs of indigenous peoples like the Marsh Arabs, Polynesians, straw-bale and adobe construction, as well as universal forms such as the geodesic dome. Housing should provide shelter and a peaceful, esthetically pleasing indoor environment, with some private space designated for each individual.
The Environment is now recognized as primary in importance in our efforts to create harmony on the planet. We have nothing -- life itself vanishes -- if we destroy our Earth. In the Pathway to Peace through Environment, we respect the importance of the environment as the support for our lives and we nourish and protect whatever aspects of our environment we are responsible for. Globally, we need to embrace a voluntary simplicity, as well as reverence for all life and the life of the Planet. All growth should be in harmony with nature's Laws.
On a local level, Pathways To Peace initiated a project to build Marin County into a sustainable, model community. Dozens of individuals and organizations met for over a year to move the project forward and it was ultimately transformed into the 1995 Children's World Peace Festival.
Earthwalker Paul Coleman, who has been walking the planet, planting trees, since 1990. His goal is to inspire people to action on behalf of humanity and the natural environment that we all need to exist.www.unep.org
United Nations Environment Programme