Monday, April 14, 2003
Oxford Earth Summit
DAY 1: Monday, April 15th 2002: "Setting the Scene"
Prof. Norman Myers: Oxford University.
Listen to Norman's opening address entitled "Sharing our Earth" as an MP3.
* "We face environmental problems of unprecedented scale and scope."
Mr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis: World Bank
Listen to Alfredo's talk entitled "The political, economy and human dimensionsof sustainable development" as an MP3.
* "The 12 richest individuals have the same wealth as India + Bangladesh."
Mr. Matt Prescott: Summit Organiser.
Listen to Matt's talk entitled "Is it possible for you to make a difference?"as an MP3.
* "Little things do matter."
Mr. Nigel Cross: International Institute for Environment + Development.
The IIED's World Summit on Sustainable Development briefing.
* "25% of the world pop consumes 75% of the world's resources."
Ms. Romilly Greenhill: Jubilee Research
Listen to Romilly's talk entitled "Third World Debt alleviation and international insolvency laws" as a MP3.
* "Debt repayments severely undermine development."
Mr. Ravi Narayanan: Water Aid
Listen to Ravi's talk entitled "The importance of clean water and good hygiene in development" as an MP3.
* "There are 1.2 billion people without access to clean water and 2.4 billion without adequate sanitation."
Mr. Tony Vaux: Humanitarian Aid Expert
Listen to Tony's talk "Selfish altruism and non-economic development" as a MP3.
Link to a book review of the Selfish Altruist.
* "Are our humanitarian involvements really altruistic or selfish?"
More of the talks + quotes will be added to Earth-Info.Net over the course of this week but can already be found at the Oxford Earth Summit homepage.
P.S. Earth-Info.Net has noticed that James Wolfensohn, the head of The World Bank, has today said that the Millennium Development Goals will not be met without additional aid and warned that absolute poverty will increase in Africa... he is also worried that while attention is focused on Iraq, the "other war" against global poverty will be forgotten.
He's spot on to highlight these problems and has consequently gone up in Earth-Info.Net's estimation. A war against poverty has the added advantage that it would't kill anyone but could instead save millions of lives! Sounds like a war worth fighting, and a relatively cheap one at that!
Posted 12:20 pm by Matt Prescott