Key Quotes for 2006

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Last update: Wednesday 25th March
Up to 40% of the world’s largest rainforest could be wiped out by 2050 unless conservation measures are improved. The Amazon rainforest is being cut down for cattle ranching and soy farming, destroying important natural habitats and having an impact on global warming.

EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 23rd March 2006
Almost one in five people do not want a say in how the country is run. The study found 17% of the UK population did not want a say. Some 12% said they would not be willing to do any thing to influence a decision by local or national government.

PoliticsThe Sentinel – 20th March 2006
74% of Americans do not attend church.

ChurchCCM Magazine Supplement – March 2006
Someone goes blind every 5 seconds – but the Bible in Braille exists in only 30 languages.

World IssuesYouth Work – April 2006
An Oxfam survey claims that the 2005 Make Poverty History campaign has mobilised a generation of politically active young people. Of the 1,400 16-25 year olds who took part in the questionnaire, 84% said that the MPH campaign and Live8 concerts had the biggest impact on them last year, ahead of the general election and the Olympic bid victory.

PoliticsYouth Work – April 2006
Our average vegetables travels 600 miles from farm to trolley, and New Zealand lamb will journey no less than 11,404 miles to arrive on our plate on Sunday.

Food and DrinkThe Church of England Newspaper – 17th March 2006
The average price of a detached house has passed £250,000 in half of the UK’s regions, meaning buyers have to pay stamp duty at 3%. At the same time the average cost of any property in London is now £257,120.

HousingThe Sentinel – 21st March 2006
Britons eat the equivalent of one core meal outside the home every day of the year. Lack of time is prompting consumers to choose the most convenient ways of feeding themselves.

Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – 17th March 2006
British women’s penchant for handbags means they splash out millions on the accessories each year. Handbag sales rose by 146% between 2000 and 2005 to hit £350 million.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 17th March 2006
Britons are collectively spending £1.6 billion celebrating their birthdays each year. People spend on average of £48 on their own birthday, 55% more than the £31 they part with for a close friend or relative.

MoneyThe Sentinel – 17th March 2006
A survey has revealed widespread cheating among university students, with one in three copying ideas from books or the internet. One in six students admitted to copying from friends.

EducationThe Sentinel – 16th March 2006
One in three people have had a property purchase fall through, with more than three million people being victims of gazumping. Guzumping is a bigger problem in England and Wales than in Europe.

MoneyThe Sentinel – 16th March 2006
One in three staff complain that their offices are noisy and overcrowded and they have to put up with irritating colleagues constantly making mobile phone calls and eating smelly food. A similar number have no privacy because their offices are open plan.

Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 3rd March 2006
Another person develops dementia every three minutes. There are more than 180,000 new cases of the condition in England and Wales each year.

HealthThe Sentinel – 15th March 2006
More than three quarters of people are worried about withdrawing their money at cash machines due to the possibility that fraudsters could duplicate their card details.

CrimeThe Sentinel – 15th March 2006
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