A step forward was taken today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which announced that it was now going to base its activities upon the premise that carbon emissions which affect climate change were harmful to the health and wellbeing of all people. Based on this premise, the agency would now be able, independently of Congress, to institute measures and develop requirements that countered the increasing threat.
The ability of the agency to act independently on behalf of the welfare of all is a step forward. It is an affirmation of the willingness to place sustainability front and center where it concerns people and resources, and to hold that the wellbeing of all people now depends on this.
Coming at the time of the international meeting on Climate Change in Copenhagen, the announcement focuses consciousness on this most important matter that concerns the future of the Earth.