What would it cost to restore the world environment and meet social goals. And guess who has the money?

Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute (www.earth-policy.org) put together the following very revealing cost comparisons, as part of his Plan B, budget. Published in the excellent quarterly journal Pop!ulation Press (www.populationpress.org).

Additional annual expenditures needed to meet social goals and restore the Earth.

PLAN B BUDGET: Additional Annual Expenditures Needed to Meet Social Goals and Restore the Earth

Basic Social Goals
Goal Funding (billion dollars)
Universal primary education
10
Eradication of adult illiteracy
4
School lunch programs
3
Aid to women, infants
4
Reproductive health & family planning
21
Universal basic health care
33
TOTAL
75
Earth Restoration Goals
Goal Funding (billion dollars)
Planting trees
23
Protecting topsoil on cropland
24
Restoring rangelands
9
Restoring fisheries
13
Stabilizing water tables
10
Protecting biological diversity
31
TOTAL
110
GRAND TOTAL
185
U.S. Military Budget
661
Plan B budget as share of this
28%
World Military Budget
1,522
Plan B budget as share of this
12%

One Response

  1. Really makes you wonder how our priorities could be so far from goodness and respect for ourselves and the planet.

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