Although this topic was quickly glossed over near the end of our class in day 1 (July 21), I was intrigued by the dichotomy of sustainability between the rich and poor. Prior to any research conducted, I’ve always had the idea that the poor could care less about being “sustainable” as they care more about the core needs in life (food, shelter, etc.). On the other hand, the poor can be more sustainable because of their near-subsistence lifestyle in certain neighborhoods. As for the rich, individuals have greater access to organic, local food, as well as energy efficient products like a Hybrid or solar panels.
Emily Alt argues in this article that it is less about the poor and rich, but more about whether the country is developing or developed. Although the article follows my personal beliefs, the call to action is the most important:
“The real question here is not who is more sustainable, but how can we influence everyone, poor and rich alike, to be more sustainable?”
An interesting video by the UNDP and UNEP below provides a possible answer to the question Alt raises.
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