Unfortunately, many non-Western countries have laws that are lax and corporate abuses go unnoticed, in the name of economic growth. Does placing a critically endangered species such as orangutan in danger worth the “economic development” that Unilever provides Malaysia and Indonesia? Does burning hundreds of acres of virgin forest for palm oil production in Malaysia offset by adding more palm oil in the supply chain? The loss of course is huge because it means the permanent loss of a natural habitat and oxygen supply to our planet. A loss that is priceless and Unilever, which drives demand for deforestation in Malaysia must be held accountable . In nations, such as China, where state control is absolute, corporations are aligned with the red government’s central economic growth policies which resulted in significant damage to the environment on a global sale. It comes with the blessing of the Communist Politburo as the nation mounts an economic offensive to advance rapidly and meet its China 2025 growth program. With no oversight from private citizens or organizations to confront the repressive regime, the country has become the largest carbon polluting nation in the world. It’s largest city Shanghai arguably contains the most polluted air bar none. It is the same smog that eventually hovers over the Western United States causing lung irritation and toxic rain. The bigger argument raised by undeveloped nations is: Why should we bear the burden of responsible fossil footprint emission when nations such as the US and the UK have polluted the planet carelessly in the past and have helped their economies to be where they are now. Imposing low carbon emission in third world countries would certainly limit economic growth. Developed nations have the responsibility to pay and subsidize
developing nations for not destroying their forests so that such forests (Amazon, Congo, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea) may continue to produce sustainable oxygen for our planet and for us to breathe. There is no price that can be placed on this and our resolve to protect these last remaining virgin forests must be as strong if not stronger than our will to protect our most beloved possession. Your chosen team leader should post the group's response. Label the team response with your team name, for example, Team 1: the Blue Wave Mavericks, Team 2: Awesome Responders. Make sure to list each team members name as well. Every student in the course is required to read each of the team posts and respond to at least one team post in a substantive manner. Please note, these responses will help you on the final paper, so if you don't read them, you may not do well on the final.
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