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Agenda 21

In 1969, a hundred of the world's best scientists met in Rome to discuss the predicament of mankind. They were called 'The Club of Rome' and they agreed on 3 points:

i) If mankind continues down the present path of resource depletion, environmental degradation and population growth, life on Earth would become intolerable within 100 years.

ii) It is possible to prevent the destruction of our habitats if a global effort is made to find ways of living in a more environmental and sustainable way.

iii) The sooner we begin this process of change, the more chance there is of succeeding.

From this and subsequent meetings came the Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro where 178 countries, including Great Britain, signed up to 27 principles of change making a new environmental and social agenda for the 21st Century - Agenda 21.


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