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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MEDIA SUMMIT seven voices in time
IT IS NOT BECAUSE THINGS ARE DIFFICULT THAT WE DO NOT DARE IT IS BECAUSE WE DO NOT DARE THAT THINGS ARE DIFFICULT

Environment
Pollution; Global Warming; The Rainforest; Endangered species; Animal abuse & endangered species; Destruction/depletion of natural resources


6th summit coordinator for YOUTH

Natural ressources on Earth are limited...

Text by Mr. LAEL DELORT, FRANCE
Everyone is talking about environmental issues today, but the solutions always seem to be in the hands of  governments and companies. This is partly true, but we are all part of this world and we all have some habits to change if we want this world to change.
Natural ressources on Earth are limited, but we still behave like they were not. During the last 40 years about 30% of the world's arable land has become unproductive. In Madagascar, a Corean company has bought 1,3 million of hectares of fields (the size of Montenegro) in order to grow palm trees to produce “biofuel” instead of food for local population. Within 50 years the volume of the Aral Sea has shrinked by 80% because of excessive irrigation, so people cannot fish there anymore.
And yet we are still thinking we can produce and consume more and more... And this attitude causes a lot of damage to our environment. The world's ressources are wasted on useless consumer goods while a lot of people are suffering from hunger. There is a limit to how long an increasing population can continue to make increasing demands on our finite resources. As the citizens of this world (and not just consumers), we have to change our habits. We all have to reduce, reuse and recycle...
            Through environment, we can approach all topics. Poverty, since rich countries are spoiling national ressources from the third world. As our environment is getting more and more polluted, cancers and other diseases are increasing. Taking care of our environment is also taking care of our health. Globally poor people will suffer more because of environmental problems (lack of water, global warming) than the richer ones, and that is discrimination. Citizens have little power to influence decisions when it comes to environment, so there is an obvious lack of democracy. The destruction and pollution of nature is violence against living beings. At last, Youth, as the next generation, will build tomorrow's world, and they should build it sustainable!
We have many opportunities to do something concrete with the local community during the Summit. We should leave this planet livable for future generations. We are counting on you.