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The way ahead

The way ahead: Five thinkers' views
Click below for a view on the future of the planet
 Intro Ernst Weizsacker Ernst Weizsaecker Vandana Shiva Vandana Shiva
Bjorn Lomborg Bjorn Lomborg Julian Morris Julian Morris Satish Kumar Satish Kumar

Introduction

Everyone seems to agree that sustainable development is a good thing.

But views differ over what it actually is and consequently, how we should achieve it.

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And the list of difficult questions shaping opinions is long:

  • How bad is the current state of the planet?
  • Is there a conflict between protecting the Earth and helping the poor?
  • How much faith should we have in new technologies?
  • What sort of lifestyles can the planet sustain for everyone and what sort of lives should we and our children want anyway?
  • How big a gap between rich and poor is acceptable and what is the best way of alleviating it?
  • Do free market policies help or hurt the poor and the environment?

    Click on the bar to see how five different thinkers respond to these questions.

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