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‘The earth has enough resources to meet the needs of all but not enough to satisfy the greed of even one person’. How is this statement relevant to the discussion of development? Explain.

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This statement is given by Mahatma Gandhi: 

(i) It means that the earth has abundant resources to satisfy everyone’s needs but in our greed and hurry to develop, we have been recklessly exploiting these resources. 

(ii) In the name of development, we have indulged in activities such as deforestation, overgrazing, encroachment into forest lands, overuse of ground water, use of plastics, etc. 

(iii) The exploitation of natural resources not only harms the environment but may cripple the future generations of the development process itself. 

(iv) If fossil fuels are exhausted, the development of all countries would be at risk. 

(v) Thus, there is a need for conservation and judicious use of resources for development.

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