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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