Intrinsic Value of nature: The capitalist system of economy operates as if nature primarily exists to be exploited. This has driven us to the brink of global, ecological collapse. Therefore, we now need to safeguard the earth’s existence for future generations by recognizing nature’s intrinsic value: that animals and plants, rivers and mountains have a right to exist for their own sake. Once the existential right of the biosphere is supported by legal means, we will have the capacity to protect nature once and for all from exploitation and destruction.
Regeneration of renewable resources: Some of the natural resources we depend on to survive renew naturally (i.e. biomass, plants, animals, carbon, nitrogen, fertile soil, fresh water), and some are considered inexhaustible (i.e. solar, wind, hydro and wave power). To maintain the health of the planet and our own survival, we need to stop species extinction by halting the dramatic reduction of biodiversity.
Protection of non-renewable resources: If we don’t recycle and reduce our consumption of non-renewable resources (i.e. oil, coal, natural gas and minerals), they will one day disappear. By developing local alternatives to oil and coal (wind, solar, wave, or geothermal energy), implementing laws and regulations to curb overutilization, and the developing cradle-to-cradle models where non-renewable resource effluents are introduced back into industrial cycle, we can minimize or eliminate waste.
Bioeconomics: Corporate greed and neglect impact people and planet in the form of taxes, poor working conditions, pollution and depletion of natural resources. Long term systems change means a restructured bioeconomy where privatizing profits and socializing the environmental costs is no longer possible.
Habitat Restoration: Over consumption of resources has led to the destruction of the earth’s habitats and caused massive losses in plant and animal species. If we are to survive and thrive, we must preserve and restore these habitats for future generations. There is no alternative.