Written for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the WYA Declaration on Responsible Stewardship stresses that the person is the most important resource on earth and must be at the heart of all sustainable development. Every person is called to exercise responsible stewardship in order to use our natural resources in a way which preserves them for future generations.
We are young people of diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds. We are residents of the five continents of the earth, and we are the generation that will be the earth's future stewards.
To meet this challenge, we must foster responsible stewardship in every society. Each human being is called to recognize his or her personal responsibility to be an effective steward of the natural environment that all of us share. That responsibility springs from the intrinsic value and inherent dignity of each human person from conception to natural death. Responsible stewardship is the personal commitment to care for both earth and neighbor.
Responsible stewardship means
We therefore commit ourselves to responsible stewardship, in solidarity with one another.