Our descendants will view us as 'beforetime people' who despoiled the earth before respect for the land, sea and life was restored.
At Maizab Kaur (Bramble Cay) in the Torres Straits, it is believed that the 'beforetime people' over fished the turtles and over exploited the sea birds.
New rules were established to protect the turtles and the sea birds.
The ecological crisis is a crisis of over-exploitation.
The view that we can take until the well is dry is inappropriate, it does not work.
An extractive economy is in opposition to the conditions need for life.
A commons based on shared sustainable use is not merely possible it is necessary.
The rules and the culture and the politics of the commons is the nature of the transformation the bridge between now and a future that does not degrade the conditions of future generations.