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A February 2002 issue of National Geographic says the Worldwatch Institute has issued its annual State of the World report. Almost every global environmental indicator has worsened over the last ten years and the gap between rich and poor has gotten wider. Over 1 billion people live on $1.00 a day while people in developed countries are suffering from an epidemic of obesity.

The report emphasizes the link between environmental decline and human quality of life. More than 1.1 billion people on the planet lack access to safe drinking water, and nearly 3 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. Besides the poverty of which this speaks, it also means that waterborne diseases claim the lives of between 14,000 to 30,000 people a day. "That is the equivalent of several September 11th tragedies, every day, year in year out, but without the media attention," the report author notes.

"You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter." "Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says...

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