by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
While the term “commons” has been in use for centuries in various ways, the phrase “global commons” in more recent literature signifies the total inheritance of humankind upon which life depends. This includes more than natural resources such as forests, oceans and air. It encompasses our intellectual and cultural heritage — for instance, literature, art and the Internet. Seen in this light, our participation in the global commons is fundamental to being human.