Ecological Sustainability

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The Australian Greens seek to cultivate a global, ecological consciousness based on a long-term perspective in order to safeguard the interests of both existing and future generations and species. Human society depends on, and our economy is constrained by, ecological resources and we must avoid actions which risk long-term or irreversible damage to the environment. Fundamental to ecological sustainability is the maintenance of biodiversity – the natural complexity which provides balance in the interplay of all living things. The Australian Greens recognise the interdependence between humanity and the rest of nature as we seek to move to an ecologically sustainable path.

The scale and impact of climate catastrophe can be lessened by reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources and ensuring sustainable use of renewable resources. The climate challenge is an opportunity to transform Australia into a carbon-neutral economy that creates new jobs and a healthier planet. An ecologically sustainable future relies on stable and enduring social, political and economic systems, based on equity, justice and the support of human rights.

The way we treat animals reflects how we treat ourselves and our society. The Greens will work towards ending unnecessary animal cruelty.
Biodiversity and ecosystems maintain Earth's life-support systems; the conservation of biodiversity is essential for human wellbeing.
Mt Lindsay, Tasmania
Australians have a duty of care to manage our unique natural environment, to ensure its ongoing sustainability for the future.
A scientist examines GMO plants
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their products, and the chemicals used to manage them, may pose unacceptable threats to ecosystems.
Ecosystems-based management is the most sustainable and appropriate model for the management of Australia's marine territories.
coal heap with an exit sign
Manage resources taking into account intergenerational equity, biodiversity conservation and respect for traditional ownership.
Image of a crowd of people
Environmental impact is not determined by population numbers alone, but by the way that people live.
plastic bottletops
Waste management policy should adopt a zero waste goal to conserve natural resources for future generations.
black swans on a lake
Water security can be achieved through water-sensitive design, efficiency, capture and reuse and responsive agricultural systems.