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Connecting Climate Change and Poverty

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, talks about the developing world and global warming.

Event: Jeffrey Sachs will take part in the global conference "State of the Planet: 2010" on Thursday, March 25. Register here.

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Comments [6]

ML Smith

What about population control? This seems to be the elephant in the room. Population needs to be controlled as one method of improving the environment. Is it too political an issue?

Apr. 22 2010 10:48 AM
gaetano catelli from downtown manhattan (for now)

so, what IS the connection between climate change and poverty?

and, wouldn't spending a fraction of the amount that a carbon tax would cost instead on mosquito nets, public sanitation, and generic drugs, inter alia, do far more for the poor for far less?

Mar. 24 2010 07:06 PM
Julie from Hastings

At the State of the Planet 2010, worker organizations seem to be entirely absent, even though a) worker rights would seem to be an essential component to any discussion of the poverty variable, and b) some labor organizers have visionary ideas regarding international worker rights (e.g "genius grant" recipient Baldemar Velasquez http://supportfloc.org/FreedomVisa.aspx).

Mar. 24 2010 12:02 PM
Harshad Pillai from New York

Nobel laureate Mohammed Younus (sp?) of Grameen Bank has been using cellular telephony very successfully for a few years now. So, its not a 'semi outlandish' Jeff Sachs idea. Also,the first half of this interview sounded like an advert for Ericsson.

Mar. 24 2010 10:59 AM
Su from NY

Where do these poor folk charge their cell phones?

Mar. 24 2010 10:54 AM
Jaime from Manhattan

We can not address any problem for the poor without first accepting that climate change is coming and developing a long term plan for addressing the effects. We need an independent Institute for Long Term Planning that would develop a 1000 year plan for the entire planet. Entire populations will have to be relocated: Where will they go? If sea levels are rising, when do we start building sea walls or should we consider diverting these waters to places like death valley or the dead sea? If fresh water needs to be reallocated should we not establish a world wide redistribution network be established? As a matter of national security local food production programs would ensure energy conversation and protection against plague, crop strain failure and subsequent famine. We must face that if economies are based on more when does more run out? Why do we seek to grow economies instead of stabilizing them? How can we all do the same thing? How many car companies does the world need? How many more can we add every year? Would it not make more more sense for the world to pay Brazil to grow rain forest then buy lumber from them.
Many problems will take hundreds of years to address. When do we start?

Mar. 24 2010 10:39 AM

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