Examine the Claim That Our Environment Is Ruined by Greed. Essay

1353 Words Jan 31st, 2012 6 Pages
Examine the claim that our environment is ruined by greed.

As societies begin to transform and people in many parts of the world grow in affluence, many start to view the pursuit of material goods as a worthy goal. Consumers of today have ever-changing preferences in all aspects and are almost never content with what they possess currently, always searching for another more technologically advanced gadget, or more fashionable handbag. People's desires for more are seemingly insatiable. Wants are more than often deemed as needs and this habit of man can only mean trouble for our environment. The more we crave for what is beyond necessity, the more our environment is degraded to quench our thirst. The production of our "needs" devours the
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In every manufacturing process, fuel is needed and the burning of this fuel to produce energy emits gases into our environment. This emission of gases has far-reaching impacts on our environment and cascading effects on the ecosystem. Hence, it is almost inevitable that as man's insatiable wants grows, our environment will rapidly be destroyed.

Secondly, businesses are driven for profit-making and often utilize Earth's resources in order to gain more. Many believe it is forgivable for businesses to do so as it only right for a firm to make a profit. But to what extent should their actions in order to gain more profits be acceptable? Firms today are exploiting Earth's resources excessively and more than often. The rapid depletion of fossil fuels and increasing amount of pollution in the air and waters are only a few of the consequences of actions of firms only focused on profit-making. Apart from excessively exploiting Earth's resources, many firms also continuously search for ways and means to lower their costs of production, making their products cheaper and more competitive on the market. These firms shift their production processes to developing countries such as China and India where environmental regulations are less strict and then proceed to produce their goods at lower costs to themselves, but a much higher cost to the environment. Hence, it is human greed for more wealth that has

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