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The 40th World Economic Forum is dedicated to eradicating poverty by the simplest, most obvious means possible  
 
Initiatives for the Annual Meeting 2010

We don't need, right now, a hundred initiatives. A few simple steps will take us a very great distance towards vanquishing the primary threat to civilized life on earth.

Click here for a list of all of this year's initiatives, and here for an overview of the Annual Meeting 2010.

 

Climate Change Initiative

Climate changeA commitment by industrialized countries to decrease carbon emission by 50% within ten years and to reduce by 25% consumption of natural resources over the same period.

Today we have a situation where 20% of the world's population consumes 80% of the world's resources and creates 70% of its major pollution. Yet whereas wealthy countries are responsible for 80% of climate change, it is poor countries that are feeling 80% of the effects. (It is estimated that today, 300,000 people already die every year in developing countries because of climate change (source).

There must therefore be a recognition that the wealthy countries are wealthy because of the industrialization that has caused the climate crisis, and the acceptance of the concept of Climate Debt as a consequence.

Furthermore, every year the world consumes each year 30% more than what the biosphere can regenerate—the definition of "unsustainable." Unless developed countries reduce their carbon emission and their consumption of an unfair portion of the planet's resources, preventable death and disaster will increase exponentially.

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Stephen Harper
Watch Canadian Prime Minister Harper come clean on the need for new ways to make energy, and for climate debt reparations

 
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