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Developed nations should not hold developing nations to the standards for environmental protection

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Started: 2/24/2014 Category: Economics
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Developed nations should not hol developing nations to the same standards for environmental protection. Developed nations have set strict rules to safe guard the environment now that they have come to realize that exploitation of natural resources has dire consequences for the environment. Developing nations should not be held to these new rules because they are only now beginning their own industrial revolution, which requires exploitation of natural resources.

Two things developing nations have in abundance are natural resources and people. They are beginning to become competitive with developed nations by exploiting both. Mining,logging and oil excavation are just a few examples of areas developing nations have explored in order to join the global economy. Many nations have also invested heavily in factories in order to enter the international manufacturing market. Factories logging ,mining and oil excavation all have a negative impact on the environment. Instead of the creation of punitive laws that restrict developing countries, the developed nations should try to work with developing nations on ways to maximize the exploitation of their resources in environmentally sound ways.


Even though natural resources are in abundance in developing nations but they are not for exploitation. developed nations have realised the consequences of the dearth of natural resources hence they came up with stringent environment rules to safeguard the environment. Like the job of elders is to guide the younger generation, similarly its the task of developed nations to guide the developing countried and prevent them from joining the reckless rat race of exploiting the resources for their benefit. Also, exploitation of natural resources not only affects the environment but also the people living in the nearby areas. Like in india the problem of maoists arose because they have been devoid of their homeland as the coal mines have been alloted to private bidders for using for monetary gains.
Debate Round No. 1


It is the common assumption that developed nations are wiser than developing nations and need to guide these poorer nations towards future maturation. However,, the definition of what is or is not developed has been traditionally defined by the West. Granted wholesale exploitation of global natural resources without some regulation is unsustainable and impacts all the world's nations, but the nations dictating the parameters of the restrictions are not necessarily only considering the benefit to the planet. Developed nations have a vested interest in keeping developing nations as they are. Developing nations are ready marketplaces,moreover they consume but don't produce competing products. Developing nations not only provide a marketplace for developed nations' goods and services, they are also inexpensive sources for raw materials and man power. It is in the best interest of developing nations to keep the status quo and not encourage developing nations to find means of exploiting their natural resources and building their capacity to join the global economy with goods and services equal to those produced by the developed nations. Developing countries need to be producers and not merely consumers.


First I would like to justify my stand against some of the points you posted. Developed nations have made d mistake of reckless exploitation of natural resources and indeed they are not preventing developing nations from doing the same for saving the planet. They have their own vested interests to be in the powerful state. But, by regulation, I understand a check on the usage of resources. A check means that the natural resources shall be used but not unfettered. This gives the developing nations an edge by coming at power by using their natural resources with their wisdom. Also, when I talk about natural resources, they are of two types..renewable and non renewable. Developing nations can learn from developed nations and focus more on the development of renewable natural resources which are in abundance and cause less pollution. That speaks a great deal about the check which can be put on the resources and the compliance with regulations too.
Debate Round No. 2


The question is who dictates the terms? As it stands, developed nations, because they have power, ie. money and ,have been able to call all the shots. Even developing nations realize that because of the balance of power on the planet they need protectionist rules regarding the environment. Poor countries have become the repository for the worlds' toxic waste. Developed nations are able to comply with strict laws regarding waste and pollution and save money by shipping their pollutants and excess waste to poor countries instead of developing the means of disposing of them. If developed nations spent resources on creating technology that would solve the problem of pollution and waste products rather than shipping them aboard, they might come up with a way for all countries to have an equal opportunity to develop without poisoning the planet.

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