West should adopt sustainable lifestyle: Kapil Sibal
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 08, 2009, 21:09
  
New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said the growing consumption trend of people in the Western countries was a cause for concern and maintained that sustainable lifestyle was the key to check climate change.

Instead of becoming an instrument of sustainable development, education has become a major cause for unsustainable lifestyles, especially in the western countries, he said at the 35th UNESCO General Conference held in Paris.

"It is ironic that both in the past and currently the developed world, with higher human development indexes, had and have unsustainable lifestyles and consumption patterns. Education, instead of becoming an instrument of sustainable development, has become a major cause for unsustainable lifestyles," Sibal said.

If developing countries adopt and imitate Western styles of production and consumption, it is estimated that "we would need four times the resources planet earth provides by the year 2055 for sustaining us," Sibal said.

He asked the developing countries to adopt and adapt to sustainable lifestyles, as they implement their development strategies.

Bureau Report


First Published: Thursday, October 08, 2009, 21:09


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