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 Assunto da Mensagem: The need to force the wellbeing of rich to "decline rapidly"
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Below short text taken from a paper just published on the jornal Futures entitled "Challenges for the degrowth transition: the debate about wellbeing" authored by researchers of Leeds and also of Lund Universities that raises an important question that was also raised 10 years ago by Martin Desvaux, email below.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/a ... 8718300715
“The dialogue between rich and poor people globally is necessary because of their different relations to degrowth – the incomes and material living standards of groups across the world whose basic needs are not currently being met would need to be allowed to rise in the future until their basic needs are met whilst those of the rich will need to decline rapidly”


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De: F. Pacheco Torgal
Enviado: 23 de Janeiro de 2018 20:10
Assunto: How many people can live on Earth?

10 years ago the physicist Martin Desvaux deliver a talk to the Royal Society of Statisticians that he later turn into a paper published in "Significance", a journal of the Royal Statistical Society. The title of the paper is "The sustainability of human populations: How many people can live on Earth?" in the end of it we wrote:

“It is not sufficient to try to apply technology to solve the, affluence term in the Commoner-Ehrlich equation. Humans will not willingly sacrifice much of their comfortable lifestyles for the greater good (especially for people in other countries) unless it is taken from them...”


Although very pessimistic this narrative has many advantages, the more important concerns the fact that it points the finger to everyone of us. And only in the moment that we were able to realize that technology will not bring miracle solutions that´s the moment that each one has to do is own part to solve this paramount problem. Higher education has a strong responsability on this context not only by teaching about self-responsability but also about the ethical importance of moderate consumption patterns.

Of course Governments in Western countries have also major responsabilities in sending the rigth signals to certain industries. And they should already been after the auto racing industry the same way that they do with the tobacco industry. Not so much because of their associated emissions but mostly because it is an unwarrantable industry that embodies the "confortable lifestyles" and all the wrong values that Western countries live by.


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