Development and Technology

The rapid pace of development is damaging our environment. Some people say the answer is for all of us to lead a simpler life, but others say that technology can help solve our environmental problems. What do you think?

Our planet is definitely suffering from the effects of seven billion people. Is the answer to go back to living in villages and farms, or is it to find new technological solutions for our problems? In this essay, I will say why we need to consider both these options.

Technology by itself cannot solve our environmental problems. First of all, it is neutral, neither good nor bad: Only the user can decide how it is to be used. Secondly, it is difficult to imagine in advance how new technology can be used, or misused. For example, if we learned how to produce endless cheap energy , would the results be necessarily all good? A third point is that technology generally belongs, at least at the beginning, to the rich and powerful, who use it for their own ends.

However, we cannot just shun technology and go back to living simple lives in villages. For one thing, there would not be enough space in our rural areas. Imagine if all Bangkok’s or Mumbai’s millions left the city and went back to farming or weaving. But we can make a difference by consuming much less, and reusing what we have. A switch from meat to vegetables or beans for one or two days a week would keep us healthier and reduce pressure on the Amazon rainforest. Walking instead of driving, demanding that products be recycled, and thinking about our consumption would make a huge difference.

In conclusion, we should look at ways of using technology to tackle environmental issues, rather than using it for mindless consumerism. When future generations see our mountains of abandoned cars and iPods, what will they think of us? Or will they get the chance?

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4 comments on “Development and Technology
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  2. abdullah says:

    Most of people think the GM food is healthy food because they do not what it contains for example.Why they eat it. where it sells. And it costs less than healthy food. And it is bad for healthy. And it is bad for environment. I think most of people think the Gm food is healthy food because they do not know what contains, which contains a lot of oil and it has chemicals. For example, when I was in the UK , I knew someone, who was nearby my home, was used to eat a lot of GM food there because he did not have family there, and he did not know how to cook. On the another hand some of people, who knew what the GM food contained but they still eat .For instance, there was a person, that was in Riyadh, was a rich man in my community, was eating too many meals every day because of that he died. In addition, few people knew about what the GM contains because of that they do not eat it. A good example is a person, who I knew, was intelligent because he did not eat Gm food. I am totally sure all people, who eat the GM food, eat it because of its taste. I mentioned about its taste because I had an interview, which was in MBC, was about GM food and the most opinions were that they ate the GM food because of its taste. In addition, because of its cost therefore, the majority of people eat the GM. All in all, people eat the GM food because of their attitude and I think that because If they behaved bad behavior, they would eat the Gm food because they could eat it without spending a lot of time because they do not offer to cook at that time. In addition, the GM food affect their healthy in bad way. To sum up, you have to be carefully about what are you eating.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t start an essay with “in this essay”

  4. Durdona Yuldasheva says:

    Abdullah your essay is not bad but try to use academic words