28 Jun '11, 11am
“Poverty is the greatest polluter” – Greener ways to end poverty
Poverty and environmental degradation go hand-in-hand throughout the world; each can cause the other. With the global population likely to reach nine billion by 2050 there is an urgent need to address both in tandem when devising new economic development models. This is the subject of a conference taking place in Paris this week at which IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre is among the high-level speakers. The conference, ‘Reconciling poverty eradication and quality of the environment - What are the innovative solutions?’ is being held under the patronage of France’s Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry, Christine Lagarde in the year that France Chairs the G20 Group of Nations. It brings together prominent French and international speakers, from the scientific, political, non-profit and academic world. The links between poverty and environment have been w...