Introduction

White, R. S. (2009) Introduction. In: Creation in crisis: Christian perspectives on sustainability. SPCK, London, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9780281061907 (pbk) 0281061904 (pbk)

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Abstract

If everyone lived in the same way as we do in the West we would need three whole planets like earth to fuel our habits. You don’t have to be a genius to work out that our lifestyle is not sustainable. But it is seduc- tively easy to ignore. Or at least it is if you have an abundance of food in your refrigerator and live in a heated or air-conditioned house full of plentiful clean water, electricity, gas, umpteen gadgets and an enor- mous amount of stuff to cushion your life. It is rather more difficult to ignore if you are unsure where your next meal will come from, if changing weather patterns mean your crops have failed or been washed away for the third year running, or if you do not have transport to get to the weekly clinic in the village 20 kilometres away along a dirt track. Some of us (mostly the sixth of the global population who live in the high-income countries of Europe and North America) are taking more than our fair share of the cake: so much that we are wolfing down most of the cake and actually making ourselves ill in the process. And not just metaphorically. There are now over 1,000 million overweight people in the world, with consequently diminished lifestyles, increased health problems and shortened lives. Yet, shockingly, there are also over 850 million undernourished people living on this same small planet and famine is a major factor in the annual deaths of 6 million children under five years of age.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: 99 - Other
Divisions: 99 - Other
Page Range: pp. 1-10
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011 10:52
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:01
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/2026

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