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Is there a realistic approach to provide a "comfortable" way of life to every human being on the word? Can the Earth support it?

I'm sure you have, at one time or another, asked yourself how many earths would we need to satisfy the needs of everyone.
Or a matrix like infinite world will be the solution?
Science fiction has come up with a lot of ideas, but are we really getting closer or further away from eradicating poverty? and I don't mean just to ease the suffering, but to actually make it disappear.
Is money part of the solution or part of the problem?

Or maybe the world can handle us all and more!

What do you think?


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  • Feb 17 2011: Earth has enough capacity to provide plenty for each and every human being/need.

    To make it sustainable, we need to shift away from the eastern (read: american) standard of living. A houseful of appliances in the suburbs, a gas guzzling SUV in the garage and a fridge full of HFCS laden frozen tv dinners is not what constitutes a "comfortable" way of living.
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      Feb 17 2011: -> USA has 5% of the wold's Population but consumes 35% of it's resources.
      This ain't sustainable at all! Rachel Botsman's talk on collaborative consuption might be the answer to this.
      -> The poorest 5% of Americans are Richer than 68% of World's Inhabitants.
      This means that poverty is relative? There always will be people with more money and people with less money and the later will be consider poor. Even if they could be cosidered rich somewhere else.
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      Feb 21 2011: oh that never happen , once what people have tasted the comfort , the money .... they never give up to get more

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