06 Jun '11, 12pm

Moving Towards A Green Economy at World Environment Day

"It's a matter of livelihoods, it's not just a matter of lifestyles." The forest industry contributes approximately (cue Dr. Evil voice) $468 BILLION dollars each year to the global GDP. They are natural capital that almost 2 billion people directly depend on for cash during poor harvests and energy for cooking and heating. If we invest in sustainable forest management, we can create almost 10 million new jobs across the globe. "[Environmental issues are] increasingly becoming issues of Public Health." The number one killer of children under the age of five is not water-borne diseases, AIDS, or malnutrition--its pneumonia. Two-thirds of lung cancer victims are actually non-smokers . It doesn't take much math to see a pattern that there's clearly a problem with air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, and that it's essentially killing us. Rural villagers who suffer from ener...

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