The UK Government appears not to understand this. They have recently published an embarrassingly pathetic vision document about sustainable development, which they are pretending will in some way make up for their vandalism in ending the Sustainable Development Commission and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.
This is at a time when rising commodity prices – for oil, food, metals, etc – threaten all the Government's economic policy targets. They see these as outside factors over which they have no control, and no blame.
The clash between rising demand and limited supply in a finite world is the perfect recipe for these commodity price rises to continue.
I guess once Rio is over, THEN everyone will have reams to say about how bad India and China are, because for that you don't have to know ANYTHING.
urodacus wrote:Divea, in the past people did what they did because they did not know that it was bad. Now that we do know, should we allow anyone to continue doing the bad shit? No, we should not.
We used to keep slaves (well, not me specifically, I'm too young, and probably not you either). But plenty of people in India and in China and in Europe and in America etc. did in the past, before we woke up and stamped it out. Are you suggesting now that those who did not keep slaves in the past but want cheap labour now, should have the right to keep slaves? That is a morally equivalent argument, and it's wrong.
No, India, China, and Brazil, and all the other little developing countries we often forget about should absolutely not have the right to pollute the world even further than it is. How the hell can you ask for that, given what we all know and see is the problem, and given that the technology exists to do it differently.
What an opportunity to develop something better, rather than have to swim in increasing amounts of crap in the atmosphere and wherever. We can't afford to miss it.
You're the one with children, not me. You should be worried for the future of your descendants, in a way that I don't need to be but still am. How ironic!
Seriously as expats I thought you guys had better knowledge of these regions and an objective view on policies.
[western policy] is DEFINITELY geared to stop industrialization in the developing world