The senior Green party MP said in a public mtg this y that no 
progress has been achieved in persuading the non-Green MPs of this 
truth.  I fear she is right.


  Nature can't take unrestrained growth: Prince Charles

Reuters  July 8, 2009

By Peter Griffiths

LONDON (Reuters) - The quest for unlimited economic growth is 
unsustainable and could bankrupt the environment through climate 
<> change and 
depleted natural resources, Britain's Prince Charles said on 
	Charles, next-in-line to succeed Queen Elizabeth, said a new 
economic model must be found because the Earth can no longer support 
the demands of a growing "consumerist society" where growth is an end 
in itself.
	People must realize they are not "the masters of creation," 
rather just one part of a fragile natural world, he added.
	"Just as our banking sector is struggling with its debts... 
so Nature's life-support systems are failing to cope with the debts 
we have built up there too," Charles said at a BBC lecture at St 
James's Palace in central London.
	"If we don't face up to this, then Nature, the biggest bank 
of all, could go bust.
	"That is the challenge we face, it seems to me -- to see 
Nature's capital and her processes as the very basis of a new form of 
	Charles, the former husband of the late Princess Diana, has 
long campaigned on the environment.
	His own farm went organic in the 1980s, he publishes details 
of his estate's annual carbon emissions and has developed a 
sustainable village in western England called Poundbury.
	"Our ability to adapt to the effects of climate 
change...depends on us adapting our pursuit of unlimited economic 
growth to that of sustainable growth," he said.
	While conceding that industrialization had brought benefits 
such as better education, prosperity and higher life expectancy, the 
future king said that progress had come at a price.
	Consumption has grown so much in the last 30 years that 
demands on natural resources now exceed the planet's capacity for 
renewal by a quarter each year, he added.
	By 2050, the world's population will swell to about 9 billion 
people, from the current 3.3 billion, and a higher proportion will 
expect Western levels of consumption.
	Modern farming methods that use fertilizers and pesticides 
that have helped feed a growing population have taken a "huge and 
unsustainable" toll on ecosystems, he added.
	"Our current model of progress was not designed of course to 
create all this destruction," Charles said. "However, given the 
overwhelming evidence from so many quarters, we have to ask ourselves 
if it any longer makes sense or whether it is actually fit for 
	Economic growth has failed to end poverty, stress, ill health 
and social tensions, he added.  A reformed economy must give more 
weight to the environment and local communities.

						(Editing by Matthew Jones)