State Sovereignty vs. Environmental Sustainability Essay

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State Sovereignty vs. Environmental Sustainability With humanities growing knowledge of skills and technology, we have been able to manipulate nature to meet the growing needs of humans. By doing this humans have fished, gathered species, hunted for food, fuel, and shelter. Humans have domesticated plants and animals, cut forests, used anything from fire to technological advancements to alter habitats, and have significantly changes chemical hydrological and geochemical cycles. As a result humans do not reflect what life on earth is, but changes to landscape and sea reflect human culture. As species die, humans lose their food, medicines and industrial resources and products that supply today for tomorrow. For humans to…show more content…
As third world countries try to compete with their flourishing neighbors, earth’s natural resources have been stressed to an unsustainable level which poses two main problems. Humans moving from rural to urban areas of the country allow people to use resources that wouldn’t have been available if local sustainable lifestyles had been maintained. And second, as the human population drastically increases, resources needed per capita increases, consequentially adding stress on the environment. 1 As need for resources increased, so did technologies in transportation, which allowed for extensive logging in tropical rainforest. The degradation of such habitats continues to result in the loss of an enormous amount of species. Scarcity of natural resources has posed a large problem not only on the earth, but has created conflict among countries. Disagreements according to the specific details of environmental problems and how to solve them have created problems in international relations. The intractable difference between all countries who express concern is their sovereignty. “The dominant tradition within International Relations is state-centric, centered around concepts of state sovereignty and the beliefs that states are the primary actors in international affairs and that international affairs and international politics are largely driven by states pressing their interest.”2 Environmental problems usually affect more than one
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