The fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature occurs at a critical juncture as the international community prepares to define a post-2015 development agenda.
The Harmony with Nature initiative speaks to the need to move away from a human-centered worldview – or “anthropocentrism” – and establish a non-anthropocentric, or Earth-centered, relationship with the planet. Under this new paradigm, Nature is recognized as an equal partner with humankind and is no longer treated as merely the source of raw materials to produce ever more commodities and feed the indefinite private accumulation of capital.
Serving Nature and recognizing its inherent significance must lie as the foundation of a new economic model that will improve all drivers of sustainability, including justice, equity and rights for all citizens of the world and for the natural world from which we derive our existence. We must recognize our interconnections with the natural world and accept “Nature’s rule of law”, which dictates that we simply cannot continue growth indefinitely on a finite planet.
We must finally accept and tie our sense of well-being to Nature and build our existence around Nature’s life support systems. Human lifestyles must become respectful of ecological limits and thus the well-being of Nature.
This Dialogue will address key characteristics of this new Earth-centered paradigm and strategies for building it. The Dialogue will also provide guidance for further advancing a knowledge network that will help bring forward this paradigm, relying on the most current scientific information in light of humanity’s fundamental interconnections with Nature.