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Sefali Patel March 27, 2010 Global East Asia (01:098:245) Discussion Sheet # 5 The previously studied economic, political, and cultural aspects of globalization all impact each other; however, they especially impact the environment. In fact, the environmental impact of globalization is potentially life threatening with dangers to human survival such as food crisis, pollution, and climate change. Consequently, such global environmental issues have received a great deal of attention from the media, politicians, and economists in recent years. Manfred B. Steger, author of “ Globalization: A Very Short Introduction,” and journalists Hayashi Kiminori, Oshima Ken’ichi and Yokemoto Masafumi, writers of “ Overcoming American Military Base Pollution in Asia: Japan, Okinawa, Philippines” further explore the ecological dimension of globalization. Steger discusses how cultural values and background have a significant influence on the manner in which people view their natural environment. For instance, cultures steeped in Taoist, Buddhist, or other animist regions see all living things as interdependent. People who choose to follow this lifestyle believe humanity exists in a delicate balance with nature. Contrarily, Judaeo-Christian humanism is dualistic in that it places humanity in control of the natural world. This humanistic lifestyle is evident in modern society: since the eighteenth century Age of Enlightenment and nineteenth century Industrial Revolution, nature is seen as a resource to be
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