Common Future — Common Challenge: Aid Policy and the Environment

  • Christopher Patten


Groucho Marx was once asked a simple question to which he did not know the answer. ‘But every school boy knows that,’ he was told. ‘Well,’ he replied, ‘go outside and get me a school boy.’ It is obvious from my own breakfast table that schoolgirls are at least as well informed as schoolboys. My youngest, nine-year-old, daughter lectures me over the marmalade on the ozone layer, acid rain and the destruction of tropical rainforests. I say nothing of whales! You would have to be a pretty bullheaded father, or an extremely obtuse politician, not to recognise that the world has turned. Environmental issues are no longer confined to the bottom of the inside pages of serious newspapers. Instead they are front page news and prime-time television. Environmental issues are moving fast up the political agenda. I hope the debate will be increasingly well-informed.


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© Christopher Patten 1990

© Editorial matter and selection © D.J.R. Angell, J.D. Comer, M.L.N. Wilkinson 1990; Foreword © Gro Harlem Brundtland 1990; Endangered Earth © Sir Shridath S. Ramphal 1990; Threatened Islands © Richard Grove 1990; The Changing Climate and Problems of Prediction © Stephen H. Schneider 1990; Acid Precipitation © Matthew Wilkinson and Sarah Woodin 1990; reforestation © Ghillean T. Prance 1990; Agricultural Pollution © Jules N. Pretty 1990; Halocarbons and Stratospheric Ozone © J.C. Farman 1990; Changes in Perception © Martin Holdgate 1990; Religion and the Environment © David Gosling 1990; Industry and the Environment © Chris Hampson 1990; OECD Nations and Sustainable Development © Charles Caccia 1990; Common Future — Common Challenge © Christopher Patten 1990; Environmental Advance and the European Community © Stanley Clinton Davis 1990; The United Nations System and Sustainable Development © Javier Perez de Cuellar 1990; Diplomacy and Sustainable Development © Sir Crispin Tickell 1990; Interpreting the Signals © Sir Arthur Norman 1990; Sustainable Development © Jim MacNeill 1990.

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