Today more than ever, the world has to strike the right balance between sustainability and economic progress. Some extreme measures may prove unsound, however. For instance, to minimize CO2 emissions, some groups advocate a total shutdown of oil production, which accounts for 1/3 of the world’s energy supply. Yet if that were to happen, the world could very well slip back into the Stone Age.
The truth is that saving the environment and growing the economy can go hand in hand. By using sustainable options, industries won’t get in the way of environmental protection. This is the focus of this year’s celebration of International Literacy Day, with its theme “Literacy and Sustainable Development.” Continue reading