Building an effective coalition requires a set of shared values. For a coalition that focuses on systemic sustainable change, these
are provided by the Earth Charter
which also functions as a soft-law document to provide a framework for
The coalition’s common goal is a
sustainable future—a future that can only emerge by embracing ecological
wisdom, social justice, economic equity, and participatory democracy.
True justice cannot exist without sustainability, and without justice
there will be no peace.
It must be realized that sustainability
has an ecologically sound and legally defensible definition
that can be
adopted by local governments. Further, progress toward the goal of a
sustainable future can be measured through community determined and
adopted sustainability indicators.
The COME project provides a
, and toolkit to develop and practice non-hierarchical
organization, communication and decision making skills, and a process
for determining a community or region's carrying capacity, assessing its
resources and uncovering roadblocks to change.
Our laws both
reflect our values and determine who we can become. We must both
separate our household waste and stop industrial practices that damage
the biosphere and exploit people. Implementing an Earth jurisprudence is the beginning of this process.