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Ahmed Ben Yaghlen

Student, Youth & Science Association of Tunisia

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How to build our future without destroying the Earth ?

I want to talk with the members of TED community about our future and our children's future because it is important to us, how to develop without destroying.


Closing Statement from Ahmed Ben Yaghlen

In this society the young people from the cities and from the countryside, professionals or not, often the world's leaders , have all means to join and reinforce our efforts to raise the brave torch of the protection our home that illuminates the way in which the future of us all is decided.

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    Jul 28 2012: Firstly we should minimize our needs, we should be happy with basic needs i.e. food, cloths and shelter.
    Minimize our expectation. Minimize our comfortable level.Four people can easily resides in flat, instead of 1 or 2 story bungalow. We can develop our future simply by doing farming only.And last but not the least we should remove EGO completely then only it is possible.
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      Jul 28 2012: While all of these proposals would work, I highly doubt they would be adopted. It doesn't matter if 5% of the world's population takes your advice because they are willing to change because they feel like it is a necessary sacrifice. How could you convince an entire society to follow these measures? I think you'd have more luck with clever designs that provide the same utility for less. Start with fundamental questions like "Why would 4 people rather live in a flat than a 1 or 2 story bungalow?" Does it provide more utility? Is it some form of investment/security? Is it for social status? There has to be a reason. Unless these deeper reasons can be addressed, change will not happen.
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        Jul 30 2012: Change surely will happen if we start from ourself first.... 5% of world population accept my advice then very soon that will convert into 100%. We always should think in positive way not in negative.
        if we are happy with our basic necessity then people will not go for any bribe or crime to get more money. And at the end everyone wants to be more richer than other, this will surely change.

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