The rapid pace of development is damaging our environment. Is it true? And some people say the answer is for all of us to lead a simpler life, but others say that technology can help solve our environmental problems. What do you think?
It is true that the rapid pace of development is indeed damaging our environment. Our planet is definitely suffering from the effects of seven billion people. Should the answer to this problem be to go back to living in the villages and farms, or should it be to find a new technological solution to this problem? In this essay, I will tell why we need to consider both these options.
Technology by itself cannot solve our environmental problems. First of all, it is neutral, neither good nor bad: Only the user can decide how it is to be used. Secondly, it is difficult to imagine in advance how new technology can be used, or misused. For example, if we learned how to produce endless cheap energy, would the results be necessarily all good? A third point is that technology generally belongs, at least at the beginning, to the rich and powerful, which use it for their own ends.
However, we just cannot shun technology and go back to living simple lives in villages. For one thing, there would not be enough space in our rural areas. Imagine if all Bangkok’s or Mumbai’s millions left the city and went back to farming or weaving. But we can make a difference by consuming much less, and reusing what we have. A switch from meat to vegetables or beans for one or two days a week would keep us healthier and reduce pressure on the Amazon rainforest. Walking instead of driving, demanding that products be recycled, and thinking about our consumption would make a huge difference.
The answer is that we should look at the ways of using technology to tackle environmental issues, rather than using it for mindless consumerism. We mustn’t forget what impression we will have on our future generations when they will see our mountains of abandoned cars and iPods!
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GLOSSARY OF WORDS
Rapid – happening in a short time or at a great rate
Shun – persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution
Recycled – convert (waste) into reusable material
Consumerism – the protection or promotion of the interests
Abandoned – having been deserted or left