03 May '11, 2pm

Excessive Consumption Pushing Our Planet Into Ecological Debt

The research by NEF also warns about the alarming increase in the energy consumption of the world, especially by the rich countries. It is surprising to know that only 7% of the global population produces 50% of greenhouse gases ! This is basically due to the technological advancement of these countries. Speaking in favor of the new technological energy advancements, NEF says that these will help to improve the quality of life in developing countries. However, it warns that this will also stop after consumption crosses its threshold. According to Simms, the need of the hour is to shift away from a “quantitative focus on income and consumption” towards “more qualitative improvements in the human environment to do with culture, civic, community and family life, long-term learning and those other dimensions that contribute to relatively long and happy lives.”

Full article: http://www.thegoodhuman.com/2011/05/03/excessive-consumpt...

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