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President Áder Calls for Different Attitude to Avoid Extinction

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.10.15.

Man’s “irrisponsible attitudes” have now led to a sixth wave of extinction of life on Earth, President János Áder warned on Thursday, and called for changing the general economic approach.

The president spoke at the annual conference of the Association of Investors for the Public Benefit, and said that in the next 30 years the Earth’s population would grow as much as it had grown from the appearance of man to the beginning of the 20th century. He also warned that water consumption could increase twice, and that of energy three times faster.

President Áder: Hungary Doubles Forests in Past 100 Years
President Áder: Hungary Doubles Forests in Past 100 Years

Hungary has doubled the size of its forests since 1921, President János Áder told students at Sopron University on Tuesday. Hungary lost nearly 90 percent of its forests when two-thirds of its territory ceded to neighbouring countries under the 1920 Trianon Peace Treaty, which concluded the first world war, the president said. He went on […]Continue reading

In the past 60 years the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached unprecedented levels, and “we cut down a forest the size of Italy each year”, Áder said. American authorities have recently reported the extinction of a further 23 species, while “short-sighted social and economic policies now endanger human civilisation”, he added.

The goal is to increase welfare and social stability, while reducing man’s footprint, which calls for changes in attitude, new technologies and new financing models, the president said.

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