Threats Defense Argument

Global Issues

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Assignment 3b: Threats Defense Argument

Various issues act as threats to the global environment. These include climate change, use of fossil fuels, cultural taboos, civil wars, lack of educational opportunities and inappropriate use of technologies. However, some issues are a major threat compared to others. I believe that climate change, use of fossil fuels, civil wars, and inappropriate use of technology should be given more priority over cultural taboos and lack of educational opportunities. These two issues are not a major threat for several reasons. For cultural taboos, many communities are holding cultural taboos that promote management of ecosystems, they seek to promote sustainable use of resources, and cultural taboos have minimal effects on the global population. For lack of educational opportunities, only some regions are affected, the world population as a whole is minimally affected, and more funds are being provided to reduce the problem.

Cultural taboos are yet to be a major threat to the global environment. First, cultural taboos help in promoting the management of ecosystems and biological conservation (Negi, 2010). Most communities, western and non-western, are still holding on their cultural taboos. This helps in the management of ecosystems and biological conservation reducing the threats of cultural taboos on the global environment. Second, many cultural taboos seek to enhance sustainable use of resources (Negi, 2010). If cultural taboos promoted unsustainable use of resources, then this would be a major threat to the global environment. However, they seek to promote activities that prevent loss of biodiversity (Anoliefo et al., 2003). Third, cultural taboos do not have major effects on the global population. Like global warming that affects everyone across the world, cultural taboos tend to have more adverse effects on local communities. Although some cultural taboos can affect the quality of life of the local people, they are not a major threat to the global environment.

Lack of educational opportunities is a threat to the global environment but not a major threat as climate change, use of energy sources, civil war, and inappropriate use of technology. This is because, first, not all countries face a lack of educational opportunities. Mostly, only developing nations are hit by this crisis (The Guardian, 2010). Second, unlike the use of fossil fuels which leads to climate change affecting world population as a whole, lack of educational opportunities largely affects regions that face the problem. Developed countries provide sufficient educational opportunities including access to environmental education. These people are equipped with the necessary skills for making informed decisions for improving life quality (Pritchett, 2004). On the other hand, countries without educational opportunities lack necessary skills for improving living standards for their people. Third, countries facing the problem have continued to receive education funds meaning that more and more educational opportunities are being created reducing the effect of lack of educational opportunities on the global environment.

Clearly, some threats to the global environment should be not given priority over others. For example, cultural taboos and lack of educational opportunities should not be prioritized over climate change and the use of fossil fuels. This doesn’t mean they should be ignored. Otherwise, they can adversely affect the global environment. The two threats were not given priority because of several reasons. First, many communities are holding cultural taboos that promote management of ecosystems, cultural taboos seek to promote sustainable use of resources, and cultural taboos have minimal effects on the global population. This reduces their threat to the global environment. Second, only some regions are affected by lack of educational opportunities, the world population as a whole is minimally affected by the threat, and more funds are being provided to reduce the problem. This reduces the threat of lack of educational opportunities in the global environment.

References

Anoliefo, G., Isikhuemhen, O. & Ochije, N. (2003). Environmental Implications of the      Erosion of Cultural Taboo Practices in Awka-South Local Government Area of      Anambra State, Nigeria: 1. Forests, Trees, and Water Resource Preservation. Journal     of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 16 (3), 281-296.

Negi, C. (2010). Traditional Culture and Biodiversity Conservation: Examples from            Uttarakhand, Central Himalaya. Mountain Research and Development, 30(3).

Pritchett, L. (2004). The Challenge of the Lack of Education. Copenhagen Consensus 2004             Project, 1-74.

The Guardian (2010). 70 million children get no education, says report. Retrieved from             https://www.theguardian.com/education/2010/sep/20/70m-get-no-education