• "To Save the Children, sustainable development means that each generation should leave to its children a world at least as diverse and productive as the one it inherited. It also means guaranteeing the rights of all today's children, so that they can fulfil their potential in the struggle for development. The millions of children still denied their basic rights as a result of poverty, violence or environmental degradation testify to the international community's failure to make this vision a reality." Mike Aaronson

  • "Building a world where we meet our own needs without denying future generations a healthy society is not impossible, as some would assert. The question is where societies choose to put their creative efforts." Christopher Flavin

  • "We have grown in numbers to the point where our presence is perceptibly disabling the planet like a disease. As in human diseases there are four possible outcomes: destruction of the invading disease organisms; chronic infection; destruction of the host; or symbiosis - a lasting relationship of mutual benefit to the host and invader.

    I believe that we have the capacity to choose symbiosis over self-destruction. But we need a rapid, massive and global awakening at a personal level if we are not to go the way of any disease successfully thwarted by its host." James Lovelock

  • "Networked Citizens will participate in the creation of new decision-making capabilities as well as understanding their informal power and responsibilities." Demos

  • "Networked organisations outcompete all other forms of organisation, particularly the vertical, rigid, command-and-control bureaucracies." Manuel Castells

  • "If the rhetoric of community-led regeneration is to be translated into real change, then informal networks are crucial to the journey . . ." Alison Gilchrist

  • "There is an increasing need to democratise the governance of science and technology, ensuring that it serves the public good rather than narrow economic interests." Dr Michel Pimbert, director of IIED's sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and livelihoods programme. Food

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