Lester Brown’s interview in Terra Economica
Everything from climate change to the current crises we are facing is tackled and Mr. Brown’s opinions on what he calls the first 21st century ecological crisis are worth spreading.
After having written a review of one of his previous books, I propose you in today’s article a summary (as well as a translation) of this most interesting interview.
To Mister Brown we are currently facing several issues – overexploitation of natural resources, soaring prices of materials, overpopulation, climate change – and all lead to rising amounts of riots of hunger.
Still to his opinion, our leaders don’t perceive the immensity of the danger we are facing.
Indeed, according to the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development, each time food prices increase by one percent, 16 million people are plunged into famine.
Lester R Brown notes that each year, the human population increases by 71 million, which is a huge problem as more and more food are turned into biofuels.
India is also facing water issues as more and more irrigation pumps are getting dry. This is why we have to increase in an important way the efficiency of our water use.
Another issue that is worrying : a third of arable soils are eroding themselves faster than they can recover.
Climate change is also a major issue and is due to become an even more pressing issue : each time global temperatures increase by one degre Celcius, yields decrease by ten percent.
So to the founder of Worldwatch Institute, our priorities are to stabilize population and greenhouse gases emissions levels. And as he notes, we are very far from doing this.
To read out more on this most interesting interview, please check out Terra Economica’s website (in French, subscribtion needed) or the September 2008 issue (pictured left)