"In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources, and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy, and peace" (a comment made by Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner). As responsible and contributing members of society, we respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. This respect is shown through preservation of natural resources, restoration of areas impacted by humans, and sustainable management of extant resources. These goals are met in part through the use of lobbying, activism, and education as a means of influencing the political process, as well as by changes in personal activities. In addition, a commitment should be shown to environmental justice, that is, the equitable distribution of benefits and burdens.