Our Core Beliefs
functioning of our planet’s ecosystems—our air, water, and land, and
the vast diversity of life on Earth—is worth preserving.
There are places
on Earth where human activity should be limited.
healthy and functioning ecosystems begins at the local level with
policies and practices that protect watersheds, promote biodiversity,
and sustain natural resources.
Not only must
people take steps to minimize negative impacts to the environment in
human-dominated areas of the world, but also strive to enhance the
health and functioning of ecosystems where we live.
sustainable balance among environmental, economic, and social systems
is key to sustaining the quality of life for all of Earth’s
inhabitants. Our human communities can and must be balanced within
the limits of the natural world.
By becoming good
stewards of the environment, people and organizations can help to
protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources
information, in conjunction with public participation, should be used
to guide the planning, design, development, and management of human
While laws, rules,
and regulatory approaches have been, and can be, important tools for
protecting and enhancing our natural environment (ecosystems),
voluntary efforts are an effective and essential means to protect and
enhance the natural environment as well.
collaboration and partnerships among nonprofits, governments,
businesses, and the public can lead to better environmental
decision-making and can improve the quality of our human and natural