A Level Environment Materials Essay

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Environment Questions on Environment: Economic progress vs. Environment conservation 1. Examine the claim that the world is too dependent on oil. (GCE2005, Q7) 2. How far can a balance be achieved between environmental conservation and economic progress? (TJC JC2 JCT 2007 Q5) 3. Is it possible to protect the environment when many countries require increasing amounts of energy to progress? (GCE 2007) Quotes: 1. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi 2. “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” ― Mahatma Gandhi 3. “Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.” ― Vandana Shiva, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis 4. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt Points for discussion: • Existence of international efforts such as the Kyoto Protocol that aims to conserve the global environment. However, the success of such cooperation depends on the will of member nations, and their capability of setting aside their self interest, for the contribution towards a greater good. • Environment conservation may require funds, which may hamper economic development, thus many countries are reluctant to commit to binding legislations to salvage the environment. • Different countries may have different priorities, and their view towards environmental conservations may be varied. • Profit maximizing corporations may be reluctant to be environmentally responsible to protect the environment, as it would instead lead to an increase in costs. (but going green
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