In 2003, two “Earth Dialogues” were organized, one in New York and the other in Pakistan. The latter had as a main goal the debate around “sustainable development”, discussing norms and ethical principles necessary for the sustainability of the planet. The four themes addressed were: principles of sustainability; a sustainable water resources management; energy and development and the lack of basic sanitary infrastructure.
Theme: “How can we foster a global ethic of Environmental responsibility? The role of cities, businesses, and NGOs”
Date: 7 October, 2003
Venue: CUNY Graduate Center
Green Cross International in collaboration with Global Green USA organized the Earth Dialogue New York along with several other co-hosts. The outcome of the New York discussions provide regional input to the International Earth Dialogues conferences for the future. The New York event is a one of a kind edition of the Earth Dialogues, taking the opportunity of Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to New York City.
- The Interfaith Center of New York
- The Nation Institute
- Earth Day New York
- Earth Pledge
- Global Resource Action Center for the Environment
- Ralph Bunche Institute for International Affairs
- CUNY Graduate Center
- Mailman School of Public Health
- Columbia University
- New York Climate Rescue
The Earth Dialogue New York is part of a global initiative by Green Cross International to highlight the role ethics play in the evolving sustainable development and global security agenda.
The three main themes that were highlighted are:
- Climate change;
- Water scarcity;
- Global security.
The Lahore event, organized by Green Cross Pakistan in December 2003 with the support of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and attended by over 200 people, set the framework for finding solutions to the country’s sustainable development challenges. The vision of this Earth Dialogue was that reflections and transparency could lead to reform. This was also a shorter event, compared to the other Earth Dialogues, of only two days duration.
The discussion was primarily focused around four subjects:
- Education, democratization and capacity building to help national minorities, ethnic groups, community organizations and civic leaders understand the principles of sustainability;
- The goal of achieving integrated water resources management;
- Public awareness about sustainable energy consumption and development;
- Sanitation problems in urban and rural areas: challenges and opportunities for the public and private sectors.