«Un uomo è ricco in proporzione del numero di cose delle quali può fare a meno»
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, ovvero vita nei boschi

mercoledì 27 aprile 2011

Estratti da: “Energy for a sustainable world”, part 2

«In spite of these alarm bells, growth remains the magic word of narrow-minded economists and politicians. They believe that the economic growth must continue indefinitely, and therefore they incessantly press for increasing production and consumption. In affluent countries, we live in societies where the concepts of “enough” and “too much” have been removed. We do not take into account that the larger the rates of resources consumption and waste disposal, the more difficult it will be to reach sustainability and guarantee the survival of human civilization» Nicola Armaroli, Vincenzo Balzani: “Energy for a sustainable world” pag. 6

«Domestic disparity is a difficult problem to solve in a society where the way of life is based on consumerism, and international disparity is a problem set aside by politicians of affluent countries to please their supporters. In the long run, however, both problems have to be tackled because disparities destabilize human society. If things so not improve, sooner or later the poor will rise up against the rich. The boost “illegal” immigration in affluent countries that lie at he boundary between the North and the South of the world (e.g., USA, Italy, Spain) is indeed a forewarning of what will happen in the international scene. Any action to restore equity should likely pass through lowering resource consumption (in particular, energy) by the rich while attempting to raise that of the poor. Our time is characterized by an unsustainable growth in an unequal world. We should try to decrease disparity, while being aware that growth based on consumption of nonrenewable resources is poised to be an ephemeral illusion.» Nicola Armaroli, Vincenzo Balzani: “Energy for a sustainable world” pag. 7

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