Ban Ki-moon calls for sustainable "revolution"

The UN Secretary-General has called for a revolution in attitudes toward sustainability. He said the relationship between sustainability and global recovery was clear and needed more attention if those hit […]

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By Tom Gibson

The UN Secretary-General has called for a revolution in attitudes toward sustainability. He said the relationship between sustainability and global recovery was clear and needed more attention if those hit hardest by the recession were to enjoy any change.

Bank Ki-moon said: “To get out of this mess, we need a revolution in our thinking. Economic recovery and sustainable development are one and the same fight. Sustainable energy fuels jobs – jobs that recharge economies, jobs to build infrastructure, above all, jobs to protect the planet and the poorest.”

Speaking in Cannes the Secretary-General told world leaders: “We cannot burn our way to the future. We cannot consume our way to greater prosperity. Economic recovery and sustainable development must go hand-in-hand. Growth and development must be sustainable.”