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Today or Tomorrow? A focus on the social changes needed to Implement the Kyoto Protocol and the idea of Sustainable Development By Justin Lemieux-Reale 6030858 POLI 213 / 2 LEC AA
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The devastation of Earths fragile ecosystem, which we have continuously relied on for our provisions, habitat, and economy, is occurring today at an unprecedented rate. Since the early 20 th century ecologists have observed very slight increases in earths average temperature, and they have persistently hypothesized about the plausible outcomes concerning Global Warming. Hypotheses derived by the ecologists constantly pointed towards a massive change in our way of life, and the environment surrounding us. The very first major report concerning Global Warming and its future ramifications was the Bruntland Report . Published in 1987, it stated that global environmental trends all pointed towards Global Warming and it urged states to adopt the initiative of Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development, as defined by the report is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” 1 Global warming and its imminent consequences are now nearly universally agreed upon. What is not agreed upon is a way in which to apply sustainable development to our way of life systematically. In many parts of the second tier world, unemployment remains high, and the living standards are low. Concern for the environment is not part of the agenda for developing countries. At the same time, concern for the environment in some first tier countries, such as the United States remains weak. The Kyoto Protocol and the idea of Sustainable Development have largely been a failure due to Liberal thought and laughable sanctions and only a massive, swift change of political beliefs will save the environment. 1 Official Bruntland Report – (http://www.are.admin.ch/are/en/nachhaltig/international_uno/unterseite02330/)
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The downfall of the global economy is predicted to occur within forty years. The ensuing depression will almost be entirely caused by a global environmental collapse. Melting glaciers will increase flood risks for many coastal communities, reduce the dry seasons that are key for some agriculture commodities, and greatly affect South Asia, China, and the Andes region of South America. 2 Africa, which already has enough trouble with drought and food production will have declining crop yields to deal with in the future, leaving millions more without food. 3 Ocean acidification, and rising sea levels will have major effects on marine ecosystems and human settlement. Small islands in the Caribbean, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, Miami, and London to name a few will all have major flooding and population re-location problems to deal with. 4
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