Friday, August 04, 2006

No Bigger Task

Hobnobbing with important people for a change (and not terrorists or dictators) Mr Livingstone had the following piece of wisdom to share with us:
"There is no bigger task for humanity than to avert catastrophic climate change.
Some of us would beg to differ. Here are some statistics on a few bigger tasks that face us:
  1. Measles, malaria and diarrhea are three of the biggest killers of children — yet all are preventable or treatable
  2. Six million children under five die every year as a result of hunger
  3. 134 million children between the ages of 7 to 18 have never been to school
  4. More than 300,000 child soldiers are exploited in armed conflicts in over 30 countries around the world
  5. 171 million children work in hazardous conditions
Just a small selection of the things that are really important. Climate change ranks pretty low down the list when you consider what is really wrong with the world.

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