Greetings from Rome, where I am speaking later this week at an international conference on the use of psychological theories for changing behavior. In our case, the serial drama strategy is based on the Social Learning Theory of Stanford psychologist Albert Bandura.
Today and tomorrow, I am participating in the 40th anniversary conference of the Club of Rome. Lester Brown gave the keynote address, in which he said that we must cut CO2 emissions by 80% by the year 2020 to avoid loss of the Greenland ice cap (or face a rise in sea levels of 7 meters) and loss of the glaciers of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau (or face devastating effects on the top two rice and wheat producers in the world, China and India).
In addition to cutting carbon emissions, Lester’s other three goals from his book, Plan B 3.0, are:
• To stabilize population at no more than 8 billion by 2050;
• To end poverty; and
• To restore the natural base of the economy, including forests, aquifers, and wetlands.
Egyptian president says unrestricted rise of the population affects the quality of life
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned Monday that the unchecked rise of the population would wipe away all the returns of the country’s economic growth.
Mubarak’s remarks came during a Cabinet meeting to address the acute shortages of subsidized bread that have hurt millions of the nation’s poor as well as a lack of housing to meet the rising demand.
“The unrestricted growth of the population is a national issue that affects the quality of the citizen’s life and the nation as well,” the president was quoted as saying by his spokesman Suleiman Awwad.
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