Mohan Munasinghe, Millennium Consumption Goals Seek to Protect the Poor and the Planet, The Solutions Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, May 2012, Pages 76-79 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/millennium-consumption-goals-seek-to-protect-the-poor-and-the-planet/) Abstract: Unsustainable patterns of consumption and production have led to multiple problems threatening our future—like poverty, resource scarcities, hunger, disease, and environmental harm. Focusing on correcting key drivers such as consumption and production leads to integrated solutions that can solve many problems simultaneously, where piecemeal solutions have failed before.1 The consumption-driven global economy already uses natural resources equivalent to almost 1.5 earths, with the world’s richest 1.4 billion consuming almost 85 percent of global output—over 60-fold the consumption of the poorest 1.4 billion.2 The consumption by the rich is not only ecologically unsustainable, but also crowds out the prospects of the poor and exacerbates inequalities that increase the risk of conflict and global unrest. To address this challenge, Millennium Consumption Goals (MCGs) have been proposed as one key building block of a comprehensive framework for sustainable development that … Topics: Economy; Inequality; Sustainability