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Charles Tells EU To Listen To The Grass

Wasting Nature’s capital means financial ruin | The Times
HRH The Prince of Wales
As I will suggest when invited to address the European Parliament today, a solution may lie in developing a deeper understanding of the relationship between economic and environmental resilience. In this way, we may be able to bring about the significant changes in individual and corporate behaviour that, I believe, could stimulate the creation of wealth and jobs while safeguarding our environment.
There is, surely, no way round the fact that we have to move away from our conventional model of growth based, as it is, on the production and consumption of high-carbon-intensity goods. It seems that the current economic system, characterised by a catastrophic decline in biodiversity, increased water scarcity and food insecurity, has little hope of securing our prosperity. The challenge is all the more urgent if, as predicted, the world’s population grows to some nine billion by 2050. We need to meet the challenge of decoupling economic growth from increased consumption in such a way that both the wellbeing of Nature’s ecology and our own economic needs benefit simultaneously.
Decoupling will not, of course, be straightforward. We need urgently to focus on lowering the carbon footprint and environmental impact of our goods throughout their life cycle, from manufacturing and distribution to use and recycling.....

At least "Let them eat cake" was shorter and easier to understand...

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"We need to meet the challenge of decoupling economic growth from increased consumption in such a way that both the wellbeing of Nature’s ecology and our own economic needs benefit simultaneously."

This from a man who flew (with an entourage) to New York to collect an award rather than just getting it Fedex'd and doing a speech via a webcam.

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