Environment and Politics

Typically, I am not the one to speak on politics, yet I feel that this topic never gets discussed. Environmental Policy has slowly creeped into U.S. Politics, however, it has yet to make a “breakthrough” in many liberals eyes. After all, people still claim global warming does not exist. However, I challenge us to look further. I find that the U.S. loves to stick its head in the world’s problems. We often see ourselves as the “watchdog” of the world as we peg ourselves as having the best economy and, therefore, ultimate power. Yet, I believe that the U.S. often doesn’t help in the most beneficial way. The U.S. typically operates in its own interest, a per the capitalist way. Yet, for those of us who care about the environment, we know that the environment is a worldwide problem. And as globalization forces industrialization out of the U.S. and to developing countries, the problems that once plagued us is now inflicted on others. Yet, the U.S. offers no advice or incentives to keep environmental problems at bay. Environmental problems aren’t in our face, so they are no longer our problem. The Political leaders which are running the countries taking on industrialization do not have the environment on their political agenda. In fact, they often align with the contrastive notion that global warming doesn’t exist. But how could you blame them? As leaders, they have to care about their people first. And while environmental problems do harm their people, it is a long-term worry. What the developing countries leaders worry about is primarily keeping their nation alive, healthy, and with food on the table. I think the best way the U.S. could help, while not becoming too involved, as well as carry their interest in the environment, would be to establish a sort of loan which would force these governments to adopt environmentally sustainable business practices, while supporting their growth in the economy. And with a growth in their economy, comes food on the table.

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2 comments

  1. joeylfoster · November 28, 2015

    I see where you’re getting at but I’m not so sure if these leaders of developing nations are preoccupied with the rights of the people. There was a study released in 2013 that ranked countries by how democratic they are; of the 160+ ranked, only 15 offered what the researchers called “full democracy.” The United States was ranked 21st on the list, so put that into perspective. Moreover, a third of the world’s nations are ruled by authoritarian regimes. I know I tend to talk like a red, but if leaders aren’t democratically elected, if they forcefully put themselves in charge, odds are they won’t have the people’s best interests in mind. Plus, there’s about 600,000 homeless people in the US; our leaders can’t even provide us with our needs.

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  2. rogerwleblanc · December 3, 2015

    Kelsey, thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas for how world powers can collaborate on environmental issues. It will be very interesting to watch what is happening in Paris over the next two weeks with the climate change agreements.

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