Poverty and the environment: how achieving a sustainable environment is crucial to end world poverty

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We may ask what the relevance of environmental sustainability is when it comes to ending poverty. The answer lies in a very disturbing yet very real fact, which people tend to close their eyes to or pretend it isn’t as important as it seems: nowadays, people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide. If current consumption and production patterns remain the same, by 2050 we will need three planets to continue to live the way we do right now.

If we neglect the environment, other attempts at reducing poverty will soon become worthless. If we continue destroying our planet and using more resources that it can provide, the resources will start to run low. This will tremendously increase the inequalities that already exist in our world because only the wealthier will be able to access those resources (that will become rarer and rarer) leaving…

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