Global Change and Human Health

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 156–172 | Cite as

Inequality, Global Change and the Sustainability of Civilisation

  • Colin Butler

Abstract

The increasingly global capacity of civilisation to manipulate natural and human capital has fuelled faith in the economic conceit that humankind can be freed from its dependence on nature. In addition, enormous wealth, enjoyed by a small proportion of the world's richest people, in large part derived from exploitation of its poor and least empowered populations, is justified by doctrines of 'wealth and health for all,' in the face of mounting contrary evidence.

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  • Colin Butler
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  1. 1.National Centre for Epidemiology and Population HealthAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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