Before casting the blame for our environmental ills on countries like China, we would do well to reflect on who is truly responsible.Before casting the blame for our environmental ills on countries like China, we would do well to reflect on who is truly responsible.
By recognizing that our underlying values are inherited from previous generations, we can become more conscious of them. This, in turn, allows us to choose other values with the potential to lead to a flourishing future for humankind.
Although Gates has a noble purpose trying to help eradicate poverty, he seems to be missing the main point: he is not addressing where poverty comes from and how it’s generated. His actions aim at attacking the symptoms only, not what has caused poverty in the first place.
John Ashton was the UK Government lead negotiator in global climate talks for six years. He just gave this speech to an energy industry conference in Paris. He addressed it to Ben van Beurden, CEO of Shell, urging him and his industry to heed the global crisis of climate change.
At first glance, the rhetoric of the SDGs seems irresistible. They talk about eliminating poverty “in all its forms, everywhere” by 2030, through "sustainable development" and even addressing extreme inequality. None of which we would argue with of course. But as with all half-truths, one just has to dig beneath...