Essay on Economy vs. Environment

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During the mid nineteenth century humanity experienced one of the most profound changes it had ever encountered, the Industrial Revolution. Not only were the systematic ways of production changing drastically, societies attitudes were under construction as well. Mass production, especially in America, led to the new age of consumerism, which redefined freedom during the late nineteenth century. If one did not have the economic status to consume, one was not free. Societies new ambition for ‘stuff’ further encouraged the industrialization of the world. Not only were massive manufacturing plants beginning to litter the globe, but also a new mode of transportation was available for the “average American”, Henry Ford’s automobile. Ford is not …show more content…
Society is now in a race against time, and the world must “show respect in [their] relations with nature and with one another” in order to slow this rapidly increasing phenomenon of climate change.

The aspect of greed and selfishness can be simply divided into two separate spheres, national and local. The national sphere of gluttony refers to the developed nations power-hungry federal governments, which dominate the economic and political agenda. Since the economic crisis of 2008 these government’s main priorities have been to stabilize and repair their respective economies. Globally, governments are introducing economic action plans, similar to that of Canada’s “Economic Action Plan”, with no hesitation or regard towards the environmental consequences that follow. An example of this ignorance can be drawn from the Kyoto Protocol. Being one of the largest contributors of GHG emissions, the United States under “the Bush administration rejected the Kyoto Protocol”, in favor of a domestic policy. By rejecting the Kyoto Protocol the US, unintentionally, made it very clear that economic concerns and rate of production were far superior compared to environmental concerns. However, Canada cannot be ignored either, Canada was supposed to eliminate GHGs by 7% by 2008-2012, based on the 1990 base level. Not only did Canada not reach its intended…