It was the generations of the 1960s and 70s that began to recognize the need for environmental sustainability, and as Brundtland highlighted, limited resources only allow limited growth. Forced with the challenge of how to sustain and expand the world's resource base, Brundtland believes that only if we solve "social and economic problems can [we] solve environmental problems."
Global issues such as poverty, global warming and pollution are not exclusive to one part of the world's population.
"Nobody, not even the richest, can hide from these global trends," Brundtland said. A logical solution seems to lie in the distribution of the benefits of economic growth. 60 percent of the ecosystem's resources are used unsustainably by the world's underdeveloped nations. Brundtland said that citizens of these nations are forced to exploit their resources by overusing land for economic growth. In order to alleviate this, Brundtland emphasized the need for improved rules for global trade.
"The very future of our planet will be in danger," she said, if we don't worry about poverty.
Posted on 4th May 2005
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