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Population growth and the MDG's.

Population growth and the Millenium Development Goals. Canberra, Australia. March 14-15, 2008.

What we imagine of ourselves and our future comes out of the meta-story in which we have been raised. Imagine, this world is a single house in which there is sustainability, equity and justice. Our story is three thousand years of monotheistic religions, and it shows that all parts of the house are interdependent. Imagine, we have the capacity to throw the greater order out of balance by our actions in the world economy.

We need to act as part of the solution, not part of the problem. It is time to reinvent capitalism, turning over the concept of ‘exponential growth or recession’. Politicians are committed to the status quo, but now science and faith are singing from the same song sheet. We are fortunate if we live within the meta-story (though better if literalist/fundamentalists had never heard the meta-story) for our response: we are stewards of the land.

Bishop George Browning. of the Anglican Church.

To do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.


Bishop George Browning is International Chair of the Anglican Communion Environment Network. He is an advisor to the Climate Institute and a strong proponent of the responsibility of Christians and the Churches in being in the forefront of environmental responsibility.