Globalization, Industrialization and their Environmental Impact Sara Rodriguez
Honors Biology - 3
September 6, 2010
Globalization is the world’s nations joining together in terms of economy, education, society, and politics. Globalization has helped people from all across the world, but has also caused a lot of environmental destruction. The industrial aspect of globalization has done the most damage to our environment. It has created a loss of wild species due to global trade. Much of the natural environment has been turned into factories to be able to create goods. Some of the natural environment has also been harmed by the making of roads, dams, mining, and power plants. Another way globalization has harmed the environment is from pollution. The pollution from agriculture, the vehicle transporting the goods, requirements of electricity, and waste from nuclear power plants all cause harm to the environment in some way. Similar to the way industrialization harms our environment.
Industrialization like globalization has both pros and cons. The benefits of the industrial production are that it can be available to a range of consumers. The cons to industrialization are that it can cause pressure on the environment. In many developed countries it has cause terrible pollution in water and air. It can also kill fish due to the mixing of vehicle exhaust and emissions. Often times the lack of hazardous waste facilities, industrial waste is often discards in rivers, public lands, and sewers. Industrial waste is growing and becoming more toxic. The difficulty to dispose of it properly has become high. Therefore the number of people exposed to the pollutant is much higher. Over time the industrial growth will grow greatly in the next 12 years, which will be even worse on our environment than it is today. Twelve years from now in Asia, it is predicted that ninety percent of the cars used will be in Asia.
At the current rate the world will be highly polluted, have little natural land, and the earth will become unhealthy; not only itself but the people who live on earth. Choices can be made which could help. Such as less polluting technologies and a less demand for goods and processed foods from around the globe. Many of industrializations negative impacts could be avoided if people choose to make smarter more environmentally friendly choices to help our planet.
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