More People + More Stuff = More Problems
May 4, 2012 7:48 AM Subscribe
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"The world now has a very clear choice. We can choose to address the twin issues of population and consumption... Or we can choose to do nothing and to drift into a downward vortex of economic, socio-political and environmental ills, leading to a more unequal and inhospitable future." Sir John Sulston, Royal Society Fellow on the Society's recent report "People and the planet
Key recommendations (abbreviated) of the report include:
- The international community must bring the 1.3 billion people living on less than $1.25 per day out of absolute poverty, and reduce the inequality that persists in the world today.
- The most developed and the emerging economies must stabilise and then reduce material consumption levels
- Reproductive health and voluntary family planning programmes urgently require political leadership and financial commitment, both nationally and internationally.
- Population and the environment should not be considered as two separate issues.
Coverage in Wired.co.uk
and BBC News
(with obligatory fatshot).