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20 per cent of the Earth's population currently consumes over 80 per cent of available resources. Whilst most Westerners lead lives of unprecedented material comfort fuelled by spiralling consumption patterns, 1.3 billion people exist on less than US$1 per day. As the first industrial nation and a former colonial power, Britain's record of overconsumption is one of the most notable. Researched and written by Friends of the Earth, Tomorrow's World argues that Britain must make deep cuts in resource consumption in order to allow developing countries to escape from poverty, and to prevent further� breaches of environmental limits. It sets targets for reduced consumption levels, and shows how these can be met. In doing so, it demonstrates that significant goals in our society - health, employment, equality and a secure environment - are not determined by consumption, and that lower consumption levels can improve our quality of life.
Originally published in 1997
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements and Dedication
Part 1: Sustainability and Environmental Space
Chapter 1: Sustainability and Scarcity - Approaching the Limits
Chapter 2: Sustainability and Equity � Colonising Environmental Space
Chapter 3: Sustainability and Wellbeing - Delivering Quality Conclusions
Part 2: Sustainability Targets for Key Resources
Chapter 4: Measuring the UK's Sustainability
Chapter 5: Energy
Chapter 6: Land
Chapter 7: Wood
Chapter 8: Water
Chapter 9: Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Conclusions
Part 3: Towards a Sustainable Society
Chapter 10: Economic Sustainability - 'Ten Times Better'
Chapter 11: Social Sustainability - Meeting Real Needs
Chapter 12: The Politics of Sustainability
Part 4: Conclusions - The Longest Journey
Afterword - Values and Sustainable Development
Notes and References
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