Vision & Values
The starting point for all our work is based on the idea that ecosystems across the globe are on the brink of a catastrophic collapse and that the governments that are ready to recognize this truth are very few. Hence we sustain that most governments are unprepared to confront this impending collapse and consequently, unable to lead their respective nations.
For more than 50 years the international environmentalist movement, together with the scientific community, has been sounding the alarm to governments who are as indifferent as the majority of the citizens they represent. Only recently has climate change caught people’s attention in a serious way. This so-called "inconvenient truth", which now unites every human being on the planet in an intricate alliance, could hopefully mobilize the necessary collective force to stop this impending catastrophe in its tracks, but there is no evidence yet of such a cooperative effort.
Among other factors and tendencies, we deem it important to evaluate and take into account the impending end of the era of fossil fuels and cheap energy supply for a rapidly expanding global economy. To name just a few of the key areas that are alarming, apart from the inflation of the price of oil ("peak oil") we should consider the exhaustion of other key resources for the techno-industrial economy, such as arable land, fresh water, fish stocks, minerals, genetic material, and biodiversity in all its forms: wild and domestic.
We are concerned about the existing problem of overpopulation, which, coupled with the continuing demographic explosion and consumerism enhance the scarcity of the above-mentioned resources and the negative tendencies on biodiversity in general (clearly expressed in the current mass extinction). Each of these negative tendencies is fed by the predominance of a centralized "global economy" composed of a relatively small number of financial institutions that benefit from excessive economic growth and accelerated use of resources.
It is worth taking a look at the Living Planet Report 2006 (by the WWF) to understand that the "human footprint", or the modifications made by man, exceeded the Earth’s carrying capacity 20 years ago, and some ecosystems have already collapsed or are in the process of doing so. These crashes, some total and some partial, will lead us to a general breakdown of the social and economic structures on which we depend today, such as large-scale industrialization, export-oriented production, long-distance transport systems, huge food industry systems, complex urban and suburban systems, airline systems, even the access to many articles of basic consumption for our present-day "needs", such as plastic, chemicals, pesticides, refrigeration, communication, etc. In other words, the crash of ecosystems will bring about the inevitable fall of a consumerist society based on mega-technologies, all of them dependent on the supposedly "basic" needs created by an increasingly greater supply of low cost energetic resources.
Few national, or even regional, governments have prepared programs or developed strategies to confront this overwhelming dilemma. A surprising majority of the world’s countries has not even systematically considered the impending crisis, believing instead that through some magical pathway, economies will expand and find solutions to today’s levels of poverty, overpopulation, health crises (AIDS, for example) and terribly low literacy rates in the lesser developed parts of the world.
It is our opinion that the global economy and all it entails is not leading us to the Promised Land or to a green, more egalitarian future, but to a global environmental collapse. Most governments seem to be unaware of these tendencies, misinterpreting the effects of such development and how it works and is defined today.
It is therefore that, realists as we deem ourselves (or pessimists, as seen by those who believe in the dogma of a centralized global economy) we formulate our programs and strategies always bearing in mind these basic principles. Our hope, if we can so define it, is to contribute towards promoting the ethos of a healthy Earth, raise the management standards for protected areas, and create national or provincial parks by means of direct purchases and re-categorization or expansion of existing ones, so that the continuity of their natural processes is ensured. In this way we can maintain some parts of the territories in which we operate alive and healthy, so that these areas remain as seeds and genetic banks to revive the ecosystems in the event of a collapse.