Environmental Policy – Ray Moran
The following policy draft is available for comment in the policy forum.
Environmental policy encompasses a wide variety of areas and should be holistically considered within the context of social and economic principles.
Australian Christians firmly believes that the Environment is a critical tenet of the Sustainability Tripod comprising the three types of capital that support societal wellbeing for the present and the future i.e. Environmental, Economic and Social Capital.
We support and uphold the Brundtland definition of Sustainable Development as follows;
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Brundtland Commission – 1987
We believe that as Christians we are custodians of this planet Earth and all it contains and we are responsible to; the Creator God, to our fellow human beings and to future generations; for the sustenance of life through sustainable stewardship of the earth’s resources.
All of the earth’s ecological resources are imperative for sustaining society globally and we must protect, manage and maintain the integrity of all ecosystems, while enabling sustainable development that is required to meet the present and future needs of all sectors of society.
Australian Christians seeks an improved quality of life for all Australians and will encourage the participation of local communities in the planning and implementation of strategies that will protect and manage the natural environment while supporting sustainable development.
We believe that for future development to be truly successful and sustainable, the commercial imperatives must be integrated into the social benefits and it must be able to co-exist with the natural environment in a gentle but firm handshake.
The following are 10 Key Aims which form the basis of our long-term Environmental Policy.
1. Recognising our shared global responsibility – reducing carbon emissions and supporting lesser privileged communities that are adversely impacted by climate change.
2. Land use management which enhances environmentally sustainable development
3. Protecting natural biodiversity and areas of significance
4. Ensuring water and air quality for a. human health and b. the living environment
5. Managing vegetation and ensuring soil quality for sustainable agricultural production and long-term food security
6. Improving waste management and improving waste recovery
7. Protection and enhancement of shoreline, estuarine and riparian zones
8. Ensuring sustainable resource development
9. Moving towards sustainable and balanced production and consumption
10. Promoting technologies and initiatives which enhance improved sustainability