Some people say that economic growth is the only way to end hunger and poverty, while others say that economic growth is damaging the environment so it should be stopped. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
It is considered that economic development is the last resort to address hunger and poverty. while others believe that this growth has damaging effects on the environment. Hence, the government should call a halt to it. In my opinion, environmental reservation is as important as economic growth.
To begin with, there are a host of reasons why economic growth is considered to be valuable ways to tackle hunger and poverty. Firstly, economic progress has a major influence on people’s standard of living. Indeed, if the country has its wealthy economy, the salaries of its citizens will be high in tandem with many occupations will be created. As a result, individuals will be able to cover their basic needs including accommodation as well as food. In many African countries, for instance, having a low economic growth rate. Thus, its residents have to live in houses that are unfit for human habitation and many teenager girls are forced to get married for the good of their family life due to their parents cannot afford to feed several children.
On the other hand, economic growth can carry with it the risk of harming the environment. It is undeniable that industrialization is a key factor to stimulate economic growth. Which is largely concomitant with the rise of disposal from the factory's waste and harmful exhaust emissions that have a detrimental effect on our environment. It is estimated that air pollution is killing about 4000 people in China a day because of the activities of burning of coal in many factories. Furthermore, urbanization also stems from this growth, which can lead to the spreading of human habitation, this means many forests might be cut down. Thus, the result of this process is increasing in environmental degradation and therefore many believe that this growth should be stopped.
In conclusion, I personally believe that besides focusing on economic growth the government should give priority to environmental concern in the sense that it can enhance the quality of life.