just one planet

Just one Planet by D. Mark Smith.

The world faces many problems. The present global financial crisis is one, though equally important are the tragic issues of poverty and the ecological disaster facing us all. This study attempts the daunting task of outlining and analysing the close connections between these and of suggesting remedies. As in similar studies, the message is blindingly clear: we haven't much time, immediate actions are necessary and it won't be easy.

How can you demand a reduction in consumption and a simplification of our lives and yet, at the same time, try to assist the semi-starving majority of mankind to achieve the same living standards as our own?

The book takes us through the intricacies of the causes of poverty and climate change and suggests detailed solutions. It maintains that those most responsible for pollution (and, I would add, mass poverty) have an obligation to share and use their superior resources and knowledge for the benefit of all. We must take immediate steps to reduce our carbon emissions both individually and collectively.

"The stakes are high because without globally effective actions we will fail ... to protect the most disadvantaged sections of humanity ... we have only one planet."