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One Earth; Many Worlds


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Our Common Future. "The earth is one but the world is not"

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One Earth; Many Worlds

  2. 2. THE EARTH• Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the fifth largest• The Earth is divided into several layers which have distinct chemical and seismic properties (depths in km)• The planet is home to millions of species, including humans• Both the mineral resources of the planet and the products of the biosphere contribute resources that are used to support the existence of global human population• Earth is humanitys common heritage
  3. 3. THE WORLD• The world devoid a single connotation both in context and content• It has its physical, economic, theological, political, social, cultural and connotations• The physical world is often taken as the earth itself• The physical world can also be tagged as the collection of the earth’s natural resources (Air, land and Water)• The physical world is as old as the human existence and civilization• Politically, the world is the territorial assemblage of the sovereign states with power over their physical world (Air, land and water).
  4. 4. THE EARTH & THE WORLD• Astronauts see one world but no united nations.• Without the activities of human, the earth can be synonymous with the world• Unequal physical endowment of the earth made the world seem multiplex• Due to human activities the earth has been fragmented into several worlds• There is one Earth; on it are nearly two hundred sovereign nations. Superimposed on this planet is the politically fragmented world of human culture
  5. 5. DO WE LIVE IN THE SAME WORLD?• Environmental damage always hit those living in poverty the hardest (UNHD 1998)• One- fifth of the world population produce and consume four- fifth of the world products and services• The other four- fifth produce and consume one- fifth of the world products and services• The former one- fifth pollute theirs and the latters four- fifth environment combine
  6. 6. DO WE LIVE IN THE SAME WORLD?• Different Agricultural policies• Inter-state and Intra-state conflicts• Intra- state income divide• Different environmental mitigation policies• Diverse industrial policies
  7. 7. IMPEDIMENTS• The earth is not a foreign state• The handicapped United Nations• Sovereignty of each nation over its land, waters and air
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