Exploring the Disparities that Cause Environmental Destruction
by aperd2 on February 17, 2014 - 10:32am
In his article “Blood in the Jungle,” Scott Wallace argues that the socioeconomical divide present between developed and undeveloped nations is causing distress between environmentalist and corporations. Wallace (2014) tells about a story how two environmental activists were killed in Brazil for trying to protect the endangered rainforest. Wallace (2014) goes on to make the point that this isn’t the first, and it certainty will not be the last. This is happening because of the social disparity between the rich and the poor nations. The poorer people in the undeveloped nations are forced to exploit their natural recourses in order to make money without realizing the negative effects and stress they are causing to their local environment. Wallace (2014) begs the question in the article: who is to blame for the killing of the environmentalist and the exploitations of our natural resources? Near the end of the article Wallace (2014) comes to the conclusion that the world economy is to blame for this problem The people in developed nations want to purchase cheap goods and the only way to do this is for the people of undeveloped nation to exploit their natural resources at any cost. The environmentalist were killed because they were trying to stop the selling of their natural resources which would have meant an end to their profit.
Two main points that are used in this article are information and inferences. The author provides accurate information because he includes quotes form local Brazilians about the murder of the environmentalists. This shows that the author provides accurate information about the murders and is not making them up. A second point that is present in the article is inferences. Wallace (2014) says that Brazils economy has set itself up in such a way that will cause more conflict. This inference shows that the fight over the preservation of the land or the use of it to turn a profit will continue over the years.
WALLACE, S. (2014). BLOOD IN THE JUNGLE. Smithsonian, 44(10), 64-69.