It’s Time for a Supranational Sustainable Development Authority

analytical Essay
3241 words
3241 words

It’s Time for a Supranational Sustainable Development Authority

The ingenuity of man that lead to the unprecedented global development of the twentieth century would certainly not have been possible without the earth’s rich natural resources. In this century, Earth has endured a population explosion, yet still has the agricultural capacity to nourish a global population of over six million people. At the same time, the quality-of-life in industrialized nations is perceived to have risen in tandem with the availability and affordability of mass-produced consumer products made possible by the resourceful use of raw materials and energy. Many trumpet this situation that man has created, and urge further industrial growth in the developing countries of the world.

Others are alarmed by these developments. They peer into the future and see population growth exceeding agricultural capacity, enlarged urban centers that provide neither the infrastructure nor the social support necessary for millions of people to coexist in such little space, increased mass-production of consumer goods leading to worsening pollution problems, and urban sprawl that encroaches upon fragile ecosystems.

Quite often, these two sides appear to face each other with opposing prescriptions for future world development. The former argues for environmental protection and creation of a stable ecosystem; the latter supports jobs and increased development of Third World countries. Yet this false dichotomy between jobs and the environment need not exist. The key is promotion of worldwide sustainable development, or development that “meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations,” as defined by the Worl...

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes krupp's letter to the editor. the new york times, 5 june 1992, local ed.
  • Analyzes jane s. shaw and richard l. stroup's "a skeptical twist: look to the marketplace for."
  • Argues that the ingenuity of man that led to the unprecedented global development of the twentieth century would certainly not have been possible without the earth's rich natural resources.
  • Argues that the environment should not be pitted against economic well-being as bush, carter, and many others have done.
  • Explains that fred l. smith, jr. supports free market environmentalism (fme) and shaw and stroup advocate sustainable solutions via market allocation.
  • Analyzes shaw and stroup's argument that meeting the needs of future generations does not necessarily mean providing them with exactly the same natural resource base.
  • Analyzes how governments can shape effective sustainable development policies by balancing the major interests that interact in the national and international formulation of enviornmentally sustainable.
  • Argues that a measure that corrects for environmental factors is of utmost importance if sustainable development is encouraged.
  • Opines that a new facility at the highest levels of policy formulation is needed so that environmental policies cutting across the jurisdictional lines of existing agencies can be identified and analized.
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