Aga Khan demands urgent action to restore man-nature balance

 The love and the sense of urgency to the environment around us is what shared the one who organized and participated in the first edition of the One Ocean Forum. As a president of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, an organization that has its own existence at sea, I can only express my pride in this initiative, focused on the conservation of the marine environment. Recent events oblige us to reflect on how environmental pollution and the resulting climate change are heavily affecting the ecosystem of our lives. I am referring to the latest fiery hurricanes, including Irma, who also hit our winter office at Virgin Gorda and had a devastating impact on the Caribbean populations. Because of the warming of the oceans, situations like this will be on the agenda if we do not introduce virtuous and incisive behaviors. From today. It is therefore our duty to strive to reduce the high level of environmental pollution, trying to restore the balance between man and nature. At the end of the two days of One Ocean we presented the Charta Emerald, an ethical and behavioral code: my hope is that this document can be shared by as many people, institutions and associations as possible. And that the example of the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club can be a source of inspiration and awareness for other realities. At the end of the two days of One Ocean we presented the Charta Emerald, an ethical and behavioral code: my hope is that this document can be shared by as many people, institutions and associations as possible. And that the example of the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club can be a source of inspiration and awareness for other realities. At the end of the two days of One Ocean we presented the Charta Emerald, an ethical and behavioral code: my hope is that this document can be shared by as many people, institutions and associations as possible. And that the example of the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club can be a source of inspiration and awareness for other realities. 
This year, we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the club’s foundation date. Already in that distant 1967, the first thought was aimed at the environmental impact that would have had the development projects underway. Even before finalizing the master plan for the construction of the Costa Smeralda, environmental studies were carried out throughout the marine area, rainfall and wind, and it was learned that the bay of Porto Cervo was subject to a natural purification process. Our attention to environmental protection allowed us to build an ad hoc plan for the territory to preserve it over time. Today, however, the only natural process is not enough to safeguard the sea: it is necessary to act urgently and introduce a real code of behavior.  

Social consciousness, ours in the first place, needs to be urged on these unimaginable themes, so that everyone can understand the importance that even small gestures take. The environmental theme therefore becomes today, together with the sea, sailing and sport, one of the cardinal values ​​of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, which will work in the long run to take action internationally for the protection of our sea. 

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  1. Man-Nature balance is, perhaps, the most urgent call of our times. There is no denying the fact that the Earth is getting warmer day-by-day and ice has begun melting in Arctic and North Pole where it was frozen for millions of years. It is also a fact that environmental degradation leads to global warming and the latter will slowly and gradually unleash natural disasters in the shape of torrential rains, storms, melting of glaciers, floods and rise in sea levels. This will result, after sometime, in shortage of water and droughts. There will be more heat on Earth and parts of Earth will degenerate into wastelands.
    But why this? Who is responsible for all this? Our Mother Earth has its own age and it functions and perform its duties within the greater cosmos. It is doing its naturally ordained geologically journey for billions of years yielding much-needed provision and support to all plants and living species including humans. Hence, planet Earth is our collective Big Home much like our personal and individual homes and orchards. Therefore, how much care and attention do we give to our individual homes and how much attention and care do we give to our collective home of Mother Earth within which our individual homes are located.
    We all are responsible for the imbalance in Man-Nature relations. However, those richer and more powerful are the more responsible for this degrading situation of environment. The wealthy and rich nations and rich individuals within these countries are directly responsible in overburdening and traumatizing our planet Earth. The ostentatious and ultra-extravagant lifestyle of the rich nations of the Earth such as G-7 countries and major countries within the European Union who produce and consume more and more over and above their needs. The grand lifestyle of populations in rich countries, the grandeur of their homes, costumes, footwear, the variety of the food and such other luxuries necessitates more and more agriculture and industrialization. More agriculture and industrialization necessitates more extraction of natural resources from the womb of the Earth. Billions of trees are cut in days to meet our newspaper, print and construction requirements. The more life becomes luxurious the more industrialization will be needed resulting in more use of coal and fuel leading to further warming of the Earth. According to an estimate, if all the people of the world is provided the same resources consumed by 350 million population of the United States then we will need three more planets Earths to meet this requirement.
    It is the responsibility of the rich nations of the world, the UNO, religious leaders and global intellectuals and statesmen to put their heads together and save Planet Earth from impending severe damage.
    Mir Wazir Khan
    Awi, Chitral

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