15 Mar '12, 2pm

Unsustainable consumption – the mother of all environmental issues?

Another kind of consumption is possible, however. This is the subject of Sustainable consumption in a time of crisis , a meeting hosted on 15 March by the European Environment Agency (EEA); and organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Danish Consumer Council. The event marks International Consumer Day. “Continuing with current consumption patterns in Europe is not an option,” EEA Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade said. “As both population and purchasing power swell worldwide, resources will be ever more overused and constrained. Europe must take the lead in exploring a new model of consumption which does not compromise the needs of others or of future generations, nor damage the environment.” The meeting will look at ways the economy can be adjusted to drive sustainable forms of consumption. It will consider how the recession in Europe cre...

Full article: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/unsustainable-consump...

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