Our institutions and laws need to support more direct citizen input into decision-making, effective rewards and incentives for improved caring for country and sea and more ground level based and community driven action. We need experiments with public input into government and business processes. They need to address the key elements of democratic government – participation, openness and accountability.
The tests for all laws and their administration must be how they support caring for country and avoiding or preventing environmental harm. We cannot continue with laws that override our general land and sea custodial obligations. We need public transitional support to achieve sustainable approaches. Government and business must become more accountable for their activities that have environmental impacts.