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.


Hey there! This is the first comment you're getting from one of Gabriel Flacks' students, all the way from Montreal!

Let me share with you my own opinion about this. I find that this quick post is influencing, indeed, and so I must agree on this. I didn't look at Scott Wallace's Blood in the Jungle, but I can see that people will buy things from undeveloped or semi-developed nations because of the freedom of marketing and consumerism developed countries have. I can't remember if Brazil's vast ecosystem is one of the resources for medicines, but I find other things about environment concerns and economy in developing countries. For instance, where the coffee is grown and how to meet up global standards; I read a quick case study in Richard Burnor and Yvonne Raley's Ethical Choices, where in order to increase production, farmers in Africa, Central and South America had to clear land to plant coffee seeds. This is a little bit out of the question compared to this article, but at least coffee has an environmental concern and disparities between developed and undeveloped nations.

It's is a very interesting article on a subject that a lot of people don't want to elaborate. In fact, the aspect you've touches concerning how rich people want to purchase cheap goods in Brazil for example causes huge sociological gaps. The country with which I can the most compare is the one I live in, and know the most about, Canada. Compared to such a poorly developed economic system such as countries of South America, they do not either have regulation on free forests, taxes proportional to income, high taxes, government services and other issues which don't necessarily have to do with the subject of you summary but reveal a lot. How could such a country that do not have an impartial governmental system be able to establish restrictions to the richest to reduce all these disparities. However in a country like Canada or even the US it is possible to generate laws and monopole over certain territory to protect the society, since we live in stable environments where people give a little of their freedom for the benefit of the mass. In the case of Brazil, the mass poor majority of the population would have to wake up and revolt against the corruption of the government then laws can be implemented.

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