Globalization 5 - Joe Kao 4/2/10 Professor Schalow...

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Joe Kao 4/2/10 Professor Schalow Discussion Sheet #5 Globalization brings many benefits to the world, such as economic growth and cultural exchanges. However, the most important aspect of the world is being negatively affected by globalization. That aspect would be life on Earth itself. Without life on Earth, all of the benefits of globalization would mean absolutely nothing. This ecological component of globalization is discussed in chapter five of Manfred B. Steger’s “Globalization,” and Hayashi Kiminori, Oshima Ken’ichi, and Yokemoto Masafumi’s “Overcoming American Military Base Pollution in Asia: Japan, Okinawa, Philippines.” All of these authors would likely agree upon the dangers that modern society has imposed on this world, such as population growth, wasteful consumption, pollution, climate change, and many more. Steger discusses the general problems of globalization on the Earth, while Hayashi Kiminori, Oshima Ken’ichi, and Yokemoto Masafumi focus on the war and military aspect. After finishing both of the readings, the problems globalization imposes on the world and the solutions we must take to solve them become clear. The detrimental effects of globalization on the environment begin with the large spread of
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