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Humanity Must Stabilize Population, Consumption or Face 'Downward Vortex' of 'Ills'

Doing nothing would mean a "drift into a downward vortex of economic, socio-political and environmental ills", It is urgent that humanity work towards equity of consumption and slow the growth of the world's population or we'll head towards a "downward vortex" of ruin, according to a report published today.

People and the Planet, the report from the Royal Society, is the result of a nearly two-year study. It emphasizes that global population and consumption are linked and must be seen as such to work for the health of humankind and the planet.

Sir John Sulston, Fellow of the Royal Society and Chair of the report working group, said, "We can choose to rebalance the use of resources to a more egalitarian pattern of consumption, to reframe our economic values to truly reflect what our consumption means for our planet and to help individuals around the world to make informed and free reproductive choices. Or we can choose to do nothing and to drift into a downward vortex of economic, socio-political and environmental ills, leading to a more unequal and inhospitable future."

Among the report's key findings is that developed countries must decrease material consumption, and that reproductive healthcare and family planning must be funded. "To not provide family planning is an infringement of human rights," Sulston noted.

(More) Original story here.

Published on Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Common Dreams

Egg-Laying Hens in the News...At Last!

When Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times and co-author of Half the Sky, uses his platform to tell the world about institutionalized – and profoundly cruel – egg production, one realizes that things have changed. For the better.

Half the Sky, which documents the exploitation and abuse of women and girls around the world, is a fantastic and important book – one that’s required reading for the students in our graduate programs at the Institute for Humane Education. But one of my frustrations with the book was the dismissive tone that periodically crept into its pages regarding nonhuman animals. It saddened me that Kristof felt compelled to diminish the plight of animals in a book that was about the oppression of those without power.

But just a couple of years after writing Half the Sky, Kristof is now condemning the abuse of chickens in egg production. Compassion, it seems, can be extended when we acknowledge that pain and abuse is pain and abuse.

(More) Original story here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Houston Set to Join Growing Bike Sharing Program

Houston has announced this week that it is joining a growing number of cities across the nation by having a bike sharing program.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the new program will begin on May 2.

Sustainable advocates have lauded such programs as a way to help the environment while improving public health.

Video Link B Stations for Bikes

(More) Original story here.

Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Common Dreams