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Summer 2002

Fairness, Not Sacrifice

• The conventional distinctions between North and South are diplomatic artifacts. The real global divide runs through each society-between the globalized rich and the localized poor.

• Excessive use of environmental space withdraws resources from the world's marginalized majority. Fairness demands reducing the ecological footprint of the consumer classes in North and South.

• Poverty is a lack of power rather than of money. Reinforcing rights of the poor is the condition of poverty removal.

• Leapfrogging into the solar age is a chance to turn "underdevelopment" into a blessing. A solar economy holds the prospect for including people and saving resources.

• Poverty talk is common, wealth is taboo. Will the well-off be able to live without the surplus of environmental space they occupy today?

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