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The Next Industrial Revolution Essay

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I believe that the important conclusion from “The Next Industrial Revolution” is that, as the title suggests, we are going through a major transformation that is comparable to the First Industrial Revolution, and which brought us to industrial capitalism and increased the opportunities for material development. While industrial systems are on the peak of their success, the natural capital on which we all depend on to create economic wealth is declining at a fast rate, but we are too blinded by the illusion of prosperity to take proper measures to stop it. The nature can’t simply ‘charge us’ for its services, so we keep taking and taking as much as we can, which in the end will lead to catastrophic changes in the climate and the biosphere.

The two pieces of evidence to support this conclusion are that first of all - the economy teaches us that to be successful we need to be constantly developing new ways and constantly growing. When it comes to natural resources, we don’t ...view middle of the document...

The evidence is very strong, because it’s true to how we operate this world and how little thought is put into responsible environmental stewardship worldwide. Majority of the owners of those big corporations - which pollute the air and water, cut trees, drill holes and destroy habitats to get to the resource - that go ahead with the projects are not looking at the consequences from the natural angle because they’re too focused on the profit. The fact that they are probably older, closer to retired people won’t stick around on the planet for long enough to see the changes, which only proves how selfish they are.

There is a few good examples that illustrate the evidence given above, as mentioned earlier - the air pollution due to combustion of fossil fuels (due to growth, industrialization - there is more and more buildings, factories, cars) is causing the carbon monoxide to build up in the atmosphere. It is known that the capacity of the natural system to recycle the carbon monoxide has been exceeded already. To add to this, there is NO ALTERNATIVE to nature’s carbon cycle ‘service’. The effects of the stress put on it can be seen now - global warming, climate change. Another resource given to us ‘free of charge’ are the trees. In the past 50 years, the planet lost a third of its forest cover, which does contributes to flooding (trees hold water), loss of ecosystems and contributes to global warming (again, the plants help turn CO2 into oxygen).

  I find the evidence to be highly credible because those problems are not only portrayed in the reading provided, but people can learn about them all over the Internet, they can hear about them from other people, radio shows, they can see them via TV - on the news and in variety environmentally conscious documentaries. For example, the effects of global warming caused by air pollution reflects in increased number of hurricanes that we all follow on the news. This is a current problem, not something to be concerned about in the future. We need to start implementing changes before it’s too late.

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