There are water issues all across the world that are getting worse each and every day. If there isn’t a solution to the lack of drinking water, then the world is in danger of surviving. In my opinion, I think part of the answer lies in technology. We can perfect desalinization plants to be more efficient and less costly so we can turn the ocean’s water into usable water for countries throughout the world. This process can be costly though, which is why it isn’t a great option. I think education will also play a role. People throughout the world need to be educated on how scarce of a resource water truly is. Rachel Carson wrote a book about the springs drying up in Florida. People aren’t aware that this is happening. I think once people become more aware and knowledgeable about the situation we are facing, they will stop taking water for granted.
I think the approach for tackling water scarcity is different for underdeveloped countries verses developed countries because the problem with water is different in each. The issue with water in underdeveloped countries is that there isn’t enough clean water for them to use, where as in developed countries there’s more clean water available, however, people take advantage of this and often waste water causing there to be shortages. If policy, such as the Clean Water Act, was used in developing countries to make a standard for the water people drink I feel it will only be beneficial for the country and the world.
I believe that population growth is a serious issue we are facing today and it needs to be made a propriety to control it. By increasing the amount of education to woman in developing countries, there has already been a decrease in the birth rates. In addition to decreasing the amount of birth rates, there has been a rise in the status of woman around the world. I think this rise is positive and will help decrease the birth rates around the world. By increasing the status of a woman, she is more likely to get a job. With the additional work, there is less time to take care of a family. I think by increasing the status of a woman her priorities change from only being able to raise a family to a whole new world, the work force. I believe the lower birth rates are a combination between equality in the sexes and the quality of life has increased. As the quality of life increases for woman, there is a natural increase in the equality of the sexes. With more education, woman are empowered and are available to more opportunities.
Having a policy limiting the amount of children a family can have seems logical, but in my opinion isn’t the best solution. Putting a cap on the amount of children a woman can bare takes away from the rights she has as a woman. There is a reason men and women are different and putting a policy on the amount of children affects a woman more than a man. If we start taking away the rights of how many children a woman can have, what are we going to do next? Allow for murder?
I believe that humans, along with any other species, have a connection with the environment. How deep the connection is varies from person to person and is influenced by how that individual is raised. The way a person is raised affects his or her connection with the environment, whether it is through religion, or through the principles his or her parents instilled. For many people, however, these two things are one in the same. The majority of people on this planet are influenced by religion, which is why I think it is the biggest factor. No matter which religion, it still influences people and their ethics, which is then seen when people deal with their surroundings. However, I don’t believe that just because a person is religious, he or she will have a deep connection with the earth. I think it depends on how the religion was used to teach them about the environment, like the Buddhist did. Using religion as a way to educate people on environmental issues is a step in the right direction. Since so many people are tied to religion, they might have a greater chance to pay attention to environmental issues if it is paired with a religious idea or concept.
No matter what religion a person follows or how religious that person may be, it is hard to tell how he or she will interact with the environment. There are many people who aren’t religious that still respect the environment. What is there to say about those people? Speaking from personal experience, I was raised based on my parent’s values, not a religious text, and I still enjoy and respect the environment. Religion based or not, environmental ethics should still be integrated into society in a way that has the best chance of reaching and affecting the most people.
The Native Americans beliefs and traditions are very important mentality to have in regards to nature. Long before the British came over, Native Americans were living off the land and appreciating what Mother Nature had to offer them. The natives didn’t take advantage of the land and “thanked” Mother Nature every time they took something from her. This dynamic is very important to have. It is important to work with the land and not abuse it; everything on this world is interconnected. I think acquiring beliefs that McGaa spoke about in his essay are possible in today’s society through education. If people don’t know about the environment or how to respect it with out abusing it then how can you blame them for harming it if they didn’t know better? That is why I think education is the first step in teaching people about the environment, which would then lead to harboring a belief system like McGaa’s.
In today’s society, the community’s view of nature plays a strong role in influencing our values and ethics towards nature. One’s values and ethics are influenced by what is around them, whether it is positive or negative. For example, many of us have values and ethics that are similar to our parents because they are the ones who raised us and influenced us. The same is seen in society; many people have similar views as they do with people in the surrounding areas.
During every election, there are always people that are displeased with the way the previous term was ran, no matter which party a person belongs too. The same goes with Environmentalists. There will always be a person who wants more from the government and thinks enough hasn’t been done. The damage that has been done to the environment has taken place over many years and can’t be simply fixed in one or two terms of a President. Over time, with policy’s implemented by the government and more people becoming aware of what sustainability is, I feel we will see some change in the environment in future generations to come.
I think if the radical approach occurred and the face of the government was changed, there would possibly be a lot of rebellions going on by people who don’t agree with it. When something is completely changed, many people are surprised by it and don’t know how to react. If we prepare people for the change, they won’t be surprised by it and will accept the changes that are going to be implemented and integrated in the current government. Reforming the current system by moving the environmental issues towards the top is key. People are so set in their ways that you can’t wipe what has been done completely in the past, however you can modify it. The state of the economy that America is currently is does make it hard for environmental issues to take place, but I feel with time the two issues will become intertwined and it will become more of a pressing issue.