How can I start my in class presentation on the link between poverty and environmental degredation?  Topic: Describe links between poverty & environmental degradation. What can be done to help...

How can I start my in class presentation on the link between poverty and environmental degredation? 


Topic: Describe links between poverty & environmental degradation. What can be done to help alleviate global poverty?

 

Problem: There are too many people in this world, and there's not enough food being produced to keep up with the continous growing human population.


Solutions: 1) Better Education; 2) Better Government in low income countries; 3) Better Infrastructure; 4) More Trade

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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You want to catch your audience's attention with something striking or even shocking so that they then focus and listen throughout. Maybe you could ask a question -

Do You know what happened on Easter Island? In 2012 there were only 5806 inhabitants (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Island )They destroyed lush forests, isolated themselves and as starvation threatened them, warfare took over and they all but destroyed themselves and their island.

Poverty is very real and developing countries, with uneducated leaders who cannot see the "bigger picture"  are often prepared to overlook the effects on  

ecosystems, such as mangrove swamps, in order to satisfy global product demand and thereby gain desperately needed revenue.

Developed countries can help to alleviate global poverty by recognising their own contribution to poverty and "urban sprawl"

the result of poor or nonexistent public policy and city planning

It is all very well, a country offering to send manpower and educate others in another country but pay no attention to the more direct results of their own policies.

Ultimately (and for emphasis you could say...)...YOU are responsible for the management of the earth! Developed countries have the expertize and skills to educate developing countries. Unfortunately, trust is an issue and governments do not always trust the major economic giants - such as the US- as they believe that there are serving their own needs first. The United Nations supports "Stewardship ethic statements" and Public Policy statements are necessary to protect and serve future generations. There is still much exploitation, however.

Unfortunately governments are  often very glib and express sentiments that get people motivated to help but that are not sustainable. They use jargon and confuse people. Job creation and other steps are referred to in order to win voters rather than to alleviate poverty.

Environmental degradation is seen as someone else's problem. It can be a natural process but is currently being accelerated due to man's interference. Pollution, habitat depletion, vehicle emissions, poorly - managed harvesting; these all have devastating effects. And Yet people still drive "gas guzzlers," they still do not recycle and they still shake their heads when they hear of the effects of poverty without realizing their own contribution.

To make YOUR contribution to poverty alleviation start with YOUR OWN education!

If you do any of the following YOU are part of the problem and NOT the solution:

  • leaving car oil lying around or disposing of it with normal garbage instead of hazardous materials
  • littering - even the tops off cans can choke small animals.
  • dropping cigarette butts IS littering!

I'm sure you can make some other references. I hope this helps.  

 

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