Sunday, February 3, 2008

Saving Our World

Some of what's wrong:

Major Global Issues Synopsis
As reported by the UN Environmental Program (UNEP)


World population passed 6 billion in 2000, up from 2.5 billion in 1950. It is projected to grow to 8 billion in 2025, 9.3 billion in 2050, and eventually to stabilize at 10.5-11 billion.
Poverty & Inequality

The degree of inequality between rich and poor is not getting better, and this is a deterrent to reduction of poverty. There are still 1.2 billion people who subsist on less than $1 per day.
Food & Agriculture

Developing countries in general have food deficits now where they recently had surpluses. The greatest threat to forests, wetlands, mountains and biodiversity in developing countries is now seen to be the expansion of agricultural land to meet growing demand.

By 2025, nearly half the world's population will experience water shortages, and it is projected that wars will increasingly be fought over water.

The world's forests continue to shrink.
Climate Change

Fossil fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions continue to grow, especially in Asia and the US.

Most deaths in the least developed countries are readily preventable.

Today's quote:

"O people of God! Do not busy yourselves in your own concerns; let your thoughts be fixed upon that which will rehabilitate the fortunes of mankind and sanctify the hearts and souls of men. This can best be achieved through pure and holy deeds, through a virtuous life and a goodly behaviour."

Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, "Lawh-i-Dunyá" or "Tablet of the World", p. 86

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