From TED TRAINER
1. THE GLOBAL SITUATION
Global problems are rapidly getting worse. The environment is being severely damaged. Resources are being depleted. The poorest billion are probably becoming poorer. Even in the richest societies the quality of life is falling, cohesion is eroding and social problems are accelerating.
These problems cannot be solved without huge and fundamental change, because they are directly caused by our present socio-economic system.
The basic faults built into our society centre firstly on the demand for high material “living standards” in a world of limited resources. We cannot keep up the present levels of production and consumption and resource use for long, and there is no possibility of all the world’s people ever rising to these levels. People in rich countries have these high “living standards” only because we are taking much more than our fair share of the available resources and depriving the majority.