4. The Natural Step: The scientific conditions required for healthy ecosystems.
"The Natural Step resonates with people who decry the pollution that modern society is producing. China provides a good example. It has transformed into a center of modern global manufacturing, but one of its most prosperous provinces, Jiangsu (north of Shanghai), is also one of the most cancer-ridden places in the country.
The province has 5% of the country's population but 12% of cancer deaths. Its prosperity, using its current technology and methods of production, has brought sickness with it. One river is laden with 93 different carcinogens, most from untreated factory waste. It is no wonder that cancer deaths are so high."
7 Perspectives On Sustainability, page 30
Biodiversity and business: the economics of nature