Pact for the Future of Humanity
The pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of our planet: our ecosystems have shown their limits and vulnerabilities. Humankind had reinforced a sense of its capacity to unite for a same cause, a same feeling of vulnerability in front of the invisible challenge that is affecting life on the planet.
The planet boundaries have been exceeded, and the climate emergency is on the brink of a point of no return. Climate change has always marked the important era changes on the planet. However, human-linked development has never been so intense, nor so quick, regarding the use of the planetary resources. Time and emergency go hand in hand, and while change has always been a rule on the planet, the speed of human transformation is being so quick that the double effect on the planet is making action more urgent than ever.
The axis of Planet means ensuring that, as the world transforms its relationship with nature in unprecedented ways, local and regional governments are at the forefront to promote a new view for our common future – one that goes beyond the ecological transition and towards an ecological transformation.
Local and regional governments must embody a vision that moves from obtaining the resources that we need from nature to protecting its biodiversity, its oceans, its air, and its land and subsoil.
A vision committed to action, to define and deliver on ever-ambitious commitments that address the climate emergency while connecting the planetarian and social dimensions of the ecological crisis. A vision that transcends the business as usual in the transition towards zero carbon and local resilience and advocates for a radical change. And a vision that conceives these measures both from an emergency and a long-term perspective. To reinvigorate the economy through sustainable, inclusive, and environmentally-aware models of production and consumption once we enter the recovery phase, and foster a fair and equal distribution of the benefits of climate action and resilience building.
We understand that the planet is not only a resource but very much part of our societies, fostering a different understanding of how we interact with it. With the goal of changing the way we organise our consumption and production patterns. Local and regional governments have a big role to play in as they can raise awareness, they can define how territories consume and produce. In the inter-urban system, there is a strong role for intermediary cities as hubs of service-provision so we go beyond an ecological transition for an ecological transformation with intermediary cities at the heart of it. This is why it is necessary to think of development, economy and ecology in a different way, and to consider cities as motors of their environment. It is necessary to have a will to be more mindful of climate measures, of green perspectives when defining projects and programmes.
By defining our commitments toward sustainability and resilience, we will remain committed to pursuing the necessary global ecological transformation, especially in view of the renewed threats that we are facing. From our position as a municipal movement, we will contribute to raising the ambition of our efforts to tackle the climate emergency and contribute to the sustainability and resilience of our planet.
Faced with the challenge of the climate emergency, environmental degradation and biodiversity, we must face profound transformations in our models of production, consumption, transport, housing, and tourism, among others. The Planet axis of the Pact will be based on the Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights as well as UCLG Position Papers on Ecological Transition and Global Resilience and the outcome documents of the World Forum on Intermediary Cities and the Forum of Regions.
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