What can we do about it?

Tue Mar 28 23:38:37 CST 1995

When I once asked Peter Raven what "we" could do about "overpopulation" in
3rd-world countries, he very seriously said that THAT is much less the
problem. "First world" countries consume 75% of the world's resources
(but only have 29% of the population)...it's the consumption of resources
that destroys biodiversity more than sheer population numbers. What we
should do is NOT ONLY control our population, but really get serious
about controlling our consumption as well.

Meredith A. Lane                Curator, Division of Botany, KU Nat Hist Museum
2045 Constant Ave.                      Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Botany
Lawrence  KS  66047-3729        913/864-4493 or -7364  FAX: -5298 or -5294
                        UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
        mlane at ukans.edu  OR  mlane at kuhub.cc.ukans.edu

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