'A footprint means pressing down and global means world, so 'global footprint' means pressing down on the world and we don't want to press too hard' (child's definition of a Global Footprint)
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what about climate change?

Millennium Development Goals

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed at the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000 and nearly 190 countries have signed up to them. The goals are international targets for reducing global poverty. They aim to lift around 500 million people out of poverty by the year 2015. If this happens, fewer women will die in childbirth, fewer people will die from treatable diseases, many more boys and girls will go to school and the lives of millions of people will improve dramatically.



Goal seven is about making sure that there is environmental sustainability. There are four targets: reversing the loss of resources, reducing biodiversity loss, halving the number of people without access to safe drinking water and improving the lives of people who live in slums. Waste can affect all these targets. For example, waste results from high levels of consumption which in turn uses up valuable resources; cutting down forests and mining for oil leads to the destruction of animal and plant habitats; waste can affect water by poisoning the water supply and waste dumps are often close to slums and slum dwellers. So reducing waste and the way we deal with waste can have a real impact on helping to achieve the MDGs.



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