Does the IPAT model capture the impact Politics can have and critique the model from this perspective?This model doesn’t factor in how politics can affect the staggered population growth around theworld. Politics would play a critical factor in obtain necessary resources for a matured country for their growing population, leading to developing countries obtaining less. Leading to the continued cycle of social inequality and poverty. The affluence level of matured countries wouldthen be naturally higher than that of developing countries. Politics, should never be a factor of the IMPACT equation, because it creates an unfair advantage towards matured countries over ones that are currently developing ones. Dear M.Thank you for posting.Your point regarding question number six, the Ehrlich Holdren Equation’s (EHE) inability to include world politics into its equation so that environmental impact is better understood resonates well with me. I would like to add that there are so called emerging nations that are in fact just as powerful as developed nations, the most obvious of whichis China. If we split China by region and assess the environmental impact of Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai and consider the government’s political resolve to deal with environmental issues, we would see environmental plundering at least equal to or possibly higher than that of developed nations. That is because EHE emphasize per capita of the population consumption which minimize the environmental impact that a largely populated nation contributes to and does not take into account the political resolve of the nation or organization towards environmental impact.
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- Summer '17
- Environmental Science, Natural environment