It’s too late to be a pessimist

What’s Going On?

“About 20% of the world’s population consumes 80% of its resources.  The world spends 12 times more on military expenditures than on aid to developing countries. Over 5,000 people a day die because of dirty drinking water.  One billion people have no access to safe drinking water.  Nearly 1 billion people are going hungry.  Over 50% of grain traded around the world is used for animal feed or biofuels.  Forty percent (40%) of arable land has suffered long-term damage.  Every year, 13 million hectares of forest disappears.

One mammal in 4, one bird in 8, one amphibian in 3 are threatened with extinction.  Species are dying out at a rhythm 1,000 faster than the natural rate.  Three quarters of fishing grounds are exhausted, depleted or in dangerous decline.

The average temperature of the last 15 years have been the highest ever recorded.  The ice cap is 40% thinner than 40 years ago.  There may be at least 200 million climate refugees by 2050.”

It’s too late to be a pessimist

“Worldwide, 4 children out of 5 attend school. Never has learning been given to so many human beings. Everyone, from richest to poorest, can make a contribution.  Lesotho, one of the world’s poorest countries, is proportionally the one that invests the most in its people’s education.  Quatar, one of the world’s richest states, has opened its doors to the best universities. Culture, education, research and innovation are inexhaustible resources.

In the face of misery and suffering, millions of NGOs prove that solidarity between peoples is stronger than the selfishness of nations.  In Bangladesh, one man thought the unthinkable and founded a bank that lends only to the poor. In 3 years, it has changed the lives of 150 million people.

Antarctica is a continent rich with immense natural resources that no country can claim for itself.  A natural reserve devoted to peace and science. A treaty signed by 49 states has made it a treasure shared by all humanity.”

It’s too late to be a pessimist

“The first natural parks were created just over a century ago. They cover over 13% of the continents. They create spaces where human activity is in step with the preservation of species, soils and landscapes.  This harmony between humans and nature can become the rules, no longer the exception.

Governments have acted to protect nearly 2% of the world’s territorial waters. It’s not much, but it’s 2 times more than 10 years ago.  In the US, New York has realized what nature does for us. Their forests and lake supply all the city’s drinking water the city needs.

In South Korea, the forests had been devastated by war. Thanks to a national reforestation program, they once more cover 65% of the country. More than 75% of the paper is recycled.  Costa Rica has made a choice between military spending and land conservation. The country no longer has an army. It prefers to devote its resources to education, eco-tourism and the protection of its primary forest.

Gabon is one of the world’s leading producers of wood. It enforces selective logging. Not more than 1 tree every hectare. Its forests are one of the country’s most important economic resources. But they have the time to regenerate. Programs exist that guarantee sustainable forest management.”

ref. HOME, the movie

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