Should There Be Limits To Growth In Order To Prevent Environmental Degradation? Why Or Why Not?

1885 words - 8 pages

IntroductionIf world leaders had listened to Dennis Meadows when 'The Limits to Growth' was published in 1972, humanity might not be in the climate fix it's in today. Instead, the MIT professor's warnings to open society's eyes to the threats to sustainability, resource depletion and environmental damage were initially ridiculed. The efforts to show how policies could lead toward either sustainability or collapse were ignored as well.Politicians should have paid attention. Creating sustainable systems does not happen overnight. It requires looking ahead decades. But if you tell a society that it is addicted to growth and it will be better off giving it up, it would laugh at you.In 1972, global population and consumption were still below the planet's long-term carrying capacity. It was only necessary to slow down and then stop. Now, they are far above, about 35% above according to Wackernagel's Global Ecological Footprint analysis, and the problem is to figure out how we can get back down below the sustainable limits.While 'limits to growth' sounds restrictive, it just means that there are guidelines to which we must follow that does not allow us to recklessly reap profit at the expense of our planet. I believe there should be limits to growth as we cannot cope with the pace of progression that our world's population and economy is currently moving at today, and it is destroying our environment in the process. This essay aims to elucidate the factors which determine the success of policies to limit our growth, such as the willingness of the local governments to cooperate, how human rights hinders the 'greater good' of our planet, as well as the accuracy of the scientific knowledge which we accept as a basis for limiting growth.Limits to Growth: Unfair and Ineffective; Governments UncooperativeOne of the major issues about environmental degradation would be deforestation. Because forests are vital to many things which concern us, such as giving us breathable air, preventing soil degradation, we are naturally concerned about the exploitation of such a valued resource. Take Indonesia for example:"Forest cover in Indonesia has fallen from 162 million ha in 1950 to around 98 million ha today [2002]. The country is experiencing one of the highest rates of tropical forest loss in the world and this is increasing, through legal and illegal logging, clearance for plantations and agricultural estates, and fires. Official statistics show that the forest destruction rate is now between 2 million and 2.4 million hectares a year." [ ]Anyone who has read this will naturally be concerned. So much, that some countries and organizations, such as the European Union (EU), are willing to impose economic sanctions on Indonesia ramin wood, to discourage more logging of Indonesian forests. But these limits do not help much at all, as all they do is increase opportunities for illegal trading. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has revealed, the Malaysian...

Find Another Essay On Should there be limits to growth in order to prevent environmental degradation? Why or why not?

Should the consitiution be ratified? Why or why not?

720 words - 3 pages government of the king of England. The Anti-Federalists worry that a central government will become power hungry and become out of control.To prevent the government from growing too large and controlling there will be a system to prevent that from happening. A properly managed system of checks and balances will work to make sure that no branch becomes too powerful. The system has the authority to check the abuses and excesses of each other. In

The Controversy of Huck Finn: Reasons as to why Huck Finn should and should not be taught in schools

1276 words - 5 pages Since its publication, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, has been challenged for a variety of reasons. Many schools have struggled in attempting to teach the book and several aspects of the novel seem inappropriate. For instance, some may agree that the use of the racial slur, nigger, Huck’s rebellion against religion, and the inaccurate portrayal of the South are all reasons why the book should not be taught. There

Wheather gun ownership should be banned or not, why

791 words - 3 pages In the last century, approximately 200 million guns were in private possession (Lott 1998). It is believed that firearms should be banned since they are associated with suicide, crime and accidental shootings. However, I strongly support the idea that firearms should be allowed, in that using gun properly may frightened criminals away and benefits environment and entertainment. Additionally, the freedom to choose owning firearms should be

Why There Should Be No Homework

919 words - 4 pages there isn’t a lot that has any meaning. So, I think that homework is just a piece of paper that so many people work on just to get one single grade in that barely does anything to your overall grade, it should be a voluntary/ extra credit and practice kind of thing, which basically means kids and teens should have a choice whether or not they want to do it or not and if they choose not to and fail it’s their own fault.

Should Quebec (or Other Provinces) Separate From Canada In Order To Be

512 words - 2 pages Should Quebec (or other provinces) Separate From Canada In Order To Best Protect Its Constitutional Rights? In my opinion, all provinces in Canada, including Quebec should not separate. Quebec has been one of the provinces of Canada for a long period of time. Most people in the world view that it is one of the component in Canada. French-Canadian and English-Canadian seem to live together peacefully without conflict, even many people with

Why Children should not be in Beauty Pagents

872 words - 3 pages shouldn't be permissible.Some mothers live through their daughters. Let's call this mother Sue. When Sue was younger, her mom would not allow Sue to enter a pageant. So when Sue grows up she lives through her daughter forcing her to become this perfect princess. Why not just let the kid be a kid? Parents should stop treating their kids like some kind of machine. More than 100,000 children under the age of 12 compete in about 3,000 child beauty pageants

Disney Films Should or Should Not be Shown To Children

709 words - 3 pages Lion King, Mulan, or The Incredibles was communicated through the films. Indeed, and if there were no positive messages in these films, there would not be any arguments in the first place. However, by overlooking the negative impacts as covered by positive messages, they can influence a child’s life forever.Considering the images Disney films created in their production. Heroes were muscular, handsome, and tall in size. Heroines were skinny

why not to wager

998 words - 4 pages should be followed in order to get through the gates of Heaven. Because there is no proof of God’s existence, how does one know that they believe in the “right” God due to the fact that there is a possibility of more than one God? According to Timothy Keller, author of, The Reason for God Belief in an Age of Skepticism, “Each religion informs its followers that they have “the truth” …also, a religion tells its followers that they are saved and

Why Jhonny Cade Should or Should not Be Tried for Murder

1300 words - 5 pages , or should not be tried for the murder of Bob Sheldon, the Soc. I also had to research murder among teens and what happened during the killing of Bob Sheldon. During my research, I found that murder was considered a premeditated killing, and I also found that Johnny can only be tried for murder in Connecticut, New York, and North Carolina because of his age. Johnny was planning on saving, Ponyboy Curtis, who at the time was being drowned by

Why Smoking Should Not Be Banned

675 words - 3 pages Why Smoking Should Not Be BanSmoking is a source of great controversy, and most individuals either support it or oppose it. Almost no middle ground exists on the topic of tobacco smoking, and individuals against smoking have taken great strides to promote the cessation of smoking in public places. Unfortunately, this has led to the formation of numerous laws that forbid smoking in specific public places like restaurants, bars, parks, and in some

Why College Athletes Should NOT be Paid

1997 words - 8 pages a football or basketball player will show that he is much more important than another player that also helps represent the university. If there was payment, it should be equal among all athletes contributing to the university, still, it is not a smart move for any university to take. Lastly, the payment of college athletes will alter the principles set by the NCAA founder Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. It would also change what football is about

Similar Essays

Is There Knowledge We Should Not Seek Or Is There?

1226 words - 5 pages Is There Knowledge We Should Not Seek or is there? Or Is Knowledge Inherently A Good Thing And Can Only Persons be harmful?In the modern world we have witnessed the capability of science to produce weapons of mass destruction and improve our ability to cure diseases. We have seen on our televisions the effects of the wars that were 'needed' to contain communism, and many witnessed the human race extend our reach to space. Anything known to

Using Dna As A Starting Point, Do You Believe There Are Limits To The Knowledge People Should Acquire? Defend Your Answer.

1215 words - 5 pages we do? For billions of people, there are no answers to these questions. They are beyond the limits of our knowledge.Because genetics is important to so many aspects of human behavior, defense attorneys might consider using a defendant's genetic constitution as a strategy to excuse criminal behavior. Take one of the two sides listed below:Present an argument about why a defendant's genes should be considered as a factor in the criminal

"Do You Think There Are Any Authors Or Books Not Listed In The `chicago Canon` That Should Definitely Not Have Been Omitted? Discuss" Socrates

562 words - 2 pages principles even though they ultimately cost him his life.To my surprise Socrates was not mentioned on the `Chicago Canon` list, while he definitely should not have been omitted, for he was the most mysterious figure in all history of philosophy. Despite having written nothing, Socrates (470 – 399 BC), is considered to be one of the most influential thinkers in Europe. He is customarily regarded as the father of political philosophy and ethics

Should Parole Release Be Abolished? Why Or Why Not?

2560 words - 10 pages (as many as 50% of violent offenders) are psychopathic, and their behavior cannot be significantly altered in the long or even short term by anything, let alone the promise of parole. Some offenders may be rational - but also psychopathic.We should never offer such offenders parole - as they WILL re-offend. Others may not be rational, and although we may not be able to deter them, there is no sense in trying to change their behavior by offering