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The Maropeng exhi­bi­tion encour­ages vis­i­tors to think about what lies ahead

The world is faced with a dilem­ma: coun­tries need to devel­op eco­nom­i­cal­ly and to do this they need nat­ur­al resources, but at the same time, they need to pre­serve the envi­ron­ment so that future gen­er­a­tions can succeed.

A glob­al human soci­ety based on pover­ty for many and pros­per­i­ty for a few, char­ac­terised by islands of wealth, sur­round­ed by a sea of pover­ty, is unsus­tain­able,” Thabo Mbe­ki, Pres­i­dent of South Africa, open­ing World Sum­mit on Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, Johan­nes­burg, August 2002.

Pover­ty is often a by-prod­uct of wealth!

South­ern Africa has the high­est pro­por­tion of peo­ple liv­ing on less than $1 per day. About 40% of the region’s 190-mil­lion peo­ple live in extreme pover­ty.
– Ralph Hamann, Zari­na Patel & Michelle Pressend, Envi­ron­ment, July/​August 2002

The World Bank esti­mates 1.1-billion peo­ple live on less than $1 per day. Humanity’s eco­log­i­cal foot­print grew by 150% between 1961 and 2000Liv­ing Plan­et report, 2004

There are no pas­sen­gers on space­ship earth. We are all crew”
– Mar­shall McLuhan, author and educator

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