Natural resource use determines the urgent need to create a mechanism of planetary property management. In economics, these resources are normally divided into alienable and inalienable. This classification leads us directly to different ownership relations, because these relations imply appropriation in a certain social form. This is the root of the key conflict: the incompatibility of public attitude interested in saving the environment, and the commercial interests of economic entities that result in harm to the environment.
In view of anti-civilisational, disintegrative forms of economic behaviour, it is especially important to create a system of laws that protect the interests of humanity as a whole. First, the laws should be restraining; and regulatory economic, environmental and social legislation should be built on a rational basis.
It is necessary to accelerate the development and adoption of international legislation, and the whole system of planetary and continental institutions regulating appropriation of planetary resources. We need breakthroughs: in the field of supra-national law; in the development of continental and planetary institutions; and in the determination of the measure of national sovereignty, and general obligations to nature and to coming generations.
The issues to be resolved will include: limitations on national civil law; harmonisation of the latter with international law; and elimination of any inconsistencies and conflicting interpretations. An important place in all this work will belong to international civic organisations, such as the green movement, unions of political parties, international trade unions and business associations, and international scientific organisations and creative unions.