The purpose of Toward Tomorrow is to stimulate discussion and action towards a future in which human activity enhances the health and well-being of people and ecosystems. It is based on the belief that scientists, government officials, and workplace, community, health, environment, and business leaders can recognize each other as allies in finding thoughtful solutions to common problems.
In 2007, nearly 100 leaders of healthcare, community development, environmental, labor and agriculture organizations began a conversation about the world we want to leave our children, and what it will take to get there within a generation. Our starting point was an understanding of the connections between the health of the environment and the health of human beings, and a conviction that by working together, people can realize their capacity for living sustainably and harmoniously. Over the course of a year, we developed a vision of the future one generation from now, developed goals to be accomplished by then, and chose priority actions to lead us there.