• Could a larger middle class mean a healthier environment?

    Did you know that the middle class will grow from 25% of the world’s population to 50% of the world’s population between now and 2030? This stat was put forward by one of the keynote speakers at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s AGM that I recently attended. If true, the implications are quite amazing. Many national governments that now represent mostly poor people will soon represent mostly middle class people – people whose basic needs are met and who can focus on broader issues such as environmental sustainability and social justice. Is our world about to change for the better?

    On the other hand, what is happening to national governments that now represent mostly middle class people? If the Canadian context is any indication, it seems as though the people’s concern for the environment and social issues does not translate to our politicians.

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