Today there is an increasing ecological awareness in communities throughout the world as we see mounting evidence of environmental devastation.We realize more than ever that our destiny is linked to the life of the planet, and yet Earth itself is in danger of being destroyed by human actions. The next few decades will be decisive in determining the kind of future coming generations will have to face. The environment will be a constant preoccupation and will require hard decisions. We are clearly at a crossroads and face challenges in many areas. Those who are most harmed by the present situation are the poor, especially those most exposed to environmental deterioration and natural disasters.