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Population Growth, Agenda 21 and the Survival of a Natural Morality

WithStan Frost, Katherine Gardiner

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro brought together representatives from countries world-wide to debate the global degradation of the environment, the rapid depletion of the Earth’s resources and inequitable behaviour across the nation. ‘Equal opportunities for all’ requires that all peoples may reasonably aspire to and achieve the basic standards for survival. Equal opportunities need to integrate with safe environment and equitable wealth generation without dysfunctional exploitation of resources or the workforce. The political and the environmental become inextricably entwined within the process of managing the complexities of population growth. The problems of production are recurrent and Nature represents irreplaceable capital which is consumed without much acknowledgement of the need to respect the obligation to preserve the ecological base.