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Human Related Negative Planetary Impacts - Assessing Responsibilities.doc
Unpublished (2017)
  • Dr Venkatasamy Ramakrishna, 8075, Moi University
To most, the economic aspects of development take priority over environment for, on the one hand, we consume more than we can extract from planetary resources, and on the other, because greed and profit are more important than either planet or people. Living unsustainably has become a way of life, whatever the negative impacts maybe on Planet and People.  The Industrial Revolution no doubt paved the way to lifestyles that demanded increased production of goods and services, leading to increased consumption, and increased production of waste. The trend until by the 60s, many started realising that unsustainable lifestyles which depended mainly on the Planet’s finite resources could no longer be maintained. Numerable reports and recommendations have appeared in the last two decades, with much emphasis on sustainability and sustainable production and consumption. Mechanisms have been suggested and some put in place to reverse the trend. However, it appears we have failed. Populations are growing even faster than previously, the demand for goods and services keep increasing, the demand for land and deforestation is on the increase, increased emissions has become a serious health hazard, global warming and sea level rise are resulting increased human migration, and perhaps wild fauna too in the near future. The list is long. And in the meantime, the exploitation of both people and environment by the financially and technologically powerful, in other words the business community, making the rich richer and the poor even poorer, at the expense of both the environment and sustainability
Publication Date
Winter January 15, 2017
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Venkatasamy Ramakrishna. "Human Related Negative Planetary Impacts - Assessing Responsibilities.doc" Unpublished (2017)
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