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I must take issue with your comments in 'Planning for Growth' (NCE last week).

While life is becoming more complex, I cannot agree that we should expect to travel more, use more electricity and gas and increase our personal consumption.

It is now common knowledge that we are using the planet's resources faster than they can be renewed. Our footprint now exceeds the world's ability to regenerate by about 25%. It is unreasonable to expect China, India and other developing countries to restrain their increasing demands if we continue to overdraw, and indeed waste, the limited resources available to all of us.

The only hope for a sustainable future is for us to reduce the net impact of the UK on the earth's resources by at least a factor of four to act as an example that others can follow.

It can be done, but requires willpower and prompt action.

There is little evidence that our politicians have the will to act, indeed many of their pronouncements are counterproductive. New nuclear power stations and airport expansion are both policies that cannot be sustained and should be abandoned now.

We must reduce the 'need' for travel, for both people and freight; we must reduce our wasteful use of energy, for example by banning inefcient light bulbs, and reduce waste of all kinds.

Colin Sherwood, York YO30 6BJ, colin.sherwood@lineone. net

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