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WWF criticises waste of Swiss resources

The Swiss branch of environmental organisation WWF has denounced the waste of resources in Switzerland.

This content was published on October 24, 2011 - 11:45
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In a statement released on Monday, WWF said each Swiss used double the global average of energy, food, wood and other resources.

Compared with a country such as Bangladesh, the difference is “eight times greater”, WWF said, adding that “if everyone lived like the Swiss, we’d need 2.8 planets”.

The conservation group said it was necessary for Switzerland to “reduce massively its consumption of resources and its impact on the environment” via “buildings which are more energy-efficient, vehicles which are less greedy and a more moderate consumption of meat and dairy products”.

“We have to combat this uncontrolled waste rather than pointing the finger at growing populations in the poorest countries,” said Felix Gnehm, president of WWF Switzerland.

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