by a group of young delegates to the Planet Under Pressure 2012 Conference, reprinted with permission from http://yodecom.blogspot.co.uk/
Dear leaders of the world,
We are young delegates to the Planet Under Pressure conference, and we ask you for concrete action based on the scientific knowledge of global challenges outlined in the State of the Planet declaration from the conference.
Problems of environment, economics, equity and social justice are intrinsically linked. Any action addressing one affects them all. Science (including social science) can help to identify solutions, but citizen engagement is vital for solutions to work. Where solutions exist that improve all of them, we ask you to implement them. If they have already been implemented, we ask you to enforce them. Where solutions exist that address one at the expense of the others, we ask you to rethink them.
Where solutions for environmental, economic, and societal problems conflict, we commit to finding better solutions. To start, we propose the following:
· Replace GDP with a metric that also incorporates environment and social equity
· Remove barriers for developing countries to have more voice and decision-making power in international dialogues
· Reform market mechanisms to allow participation in decision-making from stakeholders at all scales
· Offer financial incentives to young eco-social entrepreneurs and social and environmental researchers, especially in developing countries
· Regulate open access to knowledge in all arenas of business, policy, and science
· Transition from short-term projects to long-term programs for education and sustainability-oriented decision-making
· Make the sustainable development activities of business and government more accountable to citizens
We promise to:
· Make science more accessible and translatable across sectors and interests so that it can be used for policy making and long term business decisions that will ultimately drive a sustainable society
· Expand trans-discliplinary research and engage with user communities in efforts to develop integrative solutions for sustainability
These lists are incomplete, but they are a good place to start. You will have to take hard positions against vested interests standing in the way of such decisions. We, your constituents, support you in this. You the decision-makers and we the citizens must stand together to achieve a stable and sustainable future for our children and for future generations.
During the Planet Under Pressure conference (London, March 26-29 2012), young natural and social scientists from throughout the world drafted an address to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro, June 2012). This was the Final Draft, re-printed from the Youth/Young Scientist blog http://yodecom.blogspot.co.uk/ Their blog chronicles that process.