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The Quality of Life on Earth

"Total estimated expenses for implementing all of the programs envisioned by AGENDA 21 amounts to less than $100 per person per year on a global basis!!!" (22)

"We should strive towards a balanced and healthy environment."

“Every day, over 800 million people go hungry, many of them children. Some 1.5 billion people do not have access to basic health care and are threatened by a host of diseases, many of them easily avoidable” (30).

As the population of the world continues to increase, the nations of the world have agreed that alleviating poverty is a worldwide ‘moral imperative.’

Since the Earth’s carrying capacity as finite and there continues to be a massive increase in the world’s production and consumption, we must take an environmentally responsible global approach.

4 Key Areas Relating to Quality of Life on Earth:

Eradicating Poverty

Poverty worldwide affects almost two billion people worldwide with developing nations accounting for a large percentage.  This is a result of the cycles of poverty.  Many live in agricultural communities who, because of big business, are forced to cultivate land not suitable to sustain their livelihoods. Subsequently leading to urban squalor and the breakdown of social systems.  Solving these issues will prove very difficult requiring the establishment of programs and activities focusing on strengthening communities locally worldwide.  Programs and activities when established must balance social, economic, and environmental factors while trying to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in every community.

Changing Resource Consumption Patterns

Another problem in the world is resource consumption and waste production.  The major contributors to this problem are the citizens of the developed countries, due to their material mindset; wasting precious resources, such as energy and raw materials.  As the economy grows, so does the consumption rate.  Therefore, the solution would be for the developed nations to become an example of mitigating resources, and managing them sustainably.  This means expand public awareness to reduce waste, encourage, renewable energy and resources, and promote sustainability.

Controlling population growth

    1.Growth of the world’s population fuels the growth of global production and consumption
    2.Programs and Activities:
        Exchange of research and information between research institutions, government agencies and local organizations
        Training of population and demographic specialists
        Education materials for all levels of society
        Culturally-based advertising and education programs
        Reproductive health information
        Clear and easily understood
        Improved population literacy
        $10 million annually

Raising the levels of human health
    Lack of development as being linked to poor levels of hygiene and sanitation, and inadequate management of the 
    environment.  Health and the environment are closely related—usually bad health is a result of an unhealthy environment, while good 
    health is a direct result of a clean and healthy environment.  Health depends on the successful management of our
  • Physical,
  • Biological
  • Economic
  • Social Environment
.Programs and Activities:
  •  Elimination of contaminated food and water supplies—sanitation systems and nutritional improvements
  •  Health education, immunization programs, and equal access to medicine
  •  Education on responsible family planning
  •  Health care technologies appropriate for specific populations
  •  Health promotion and disease prevention information must be distributed and easily accessible to all
    5.Communicable diseases
        Many are directly related to environmental causes
        National plans and monitoring systems must be established to control these diseases
        Global monitoring system for endemic diseases
        Coordinated efforts against HIV and AIDS pandemic
        Increase in public awareness
        Disease-specific health education
        Preventative and early treatment programs
    6.Environmental health problems
        Pollution of air, water and land are causing serious health problems
        $40 billion annually, $5 billion from international grants or aid (health)
        $3 billion annually, $115 million from international sources (environmental health)

All the above information has been summarized from the following resource:

Sitarz, Daniel.  Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy To Save Our Planet. 1993.