Posted by Andy on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 12:07am.
This is the ruff draft of my speech on environment conservation. I am the first speaker of my group so if I mention some names or awkward ending, it is because of that.
Please fix any awkward phrases or mistakes as soon as possible. Thanks
Can we achieve both economic growth and environmental conservation? The theme for this year’s Forum we’ve gathered here today sounds so simple; however it is a complicated, global issue discussed today. Most recently, the rise of the developing countries such as China and Australia has been incredibly fast with the development of industrial factories as well as increasing number of exports. This is necessary for those countries as it not only gives people an opportunity to be employed, but it also strengthens the nation’s economic status. However, the consequences of this non-stop development are seemingly inevitable. Whether or not it is big or small, these efforts to raise the nations’ finance is somehow linked to environmental damage such as pollution, destruction of land, climate change and endangering wildlife. It is not possible however, to stop developing just for the sake of environmental protection. It is difficult to balance the economic growth and environmental conservation; nevertheless, neither one can be relinquished.
On our topic of environmental protection and conservation, I will be talking about the general background and some of the broad examples of the environmental damage worldwide. Our next speaker, Fraser and Nick will bring specific examples in Australia and China respectively, and finally, Tom will address on the future solution for the environmental conservation.
The change in the environment started to occur during the period of Industrial Revolution. This period of time called for industrialization, expansion of mechanization, and a broadening of global markets. The ultimate aim of this movement was to economically prosper both individually and as a community. During the time between 18th and 19th century, there weren’t enough policies or conservation plan to reduce the amount of damage on the environment, but only focussed on economic boom. Due to this mass-development of factories, the Methane levels in the atmosphere have increased by 145% and raised carbon dioxide concentrations by 30%. This marked the starting point of the climate change over the period of time which led to serious problem such as global warming and the shortage of natural resources.
So why is it so important to preserve the environment? Our nature holds the key to our survival in next centuries. It contains vast amount of natural resources, flora and fauna and vegetations which helps us to live on today. The consequences of endangering our pristine environment can bring significant impact on the human race. Recent example of this case is the Amazon crisis of Bagua province in Peru. The Amazon holds about one fifth of the world’s flora and fauna and it is often called as “the Earth’s Lung”. Regarding this priceless nature, Peru gave the United States an authority to develop parts of Amazon in any way during the US–Peru FTA on December 14th, 2007. The Americans are expected to develop about 72% of what is there. While the Government’s intention was to stimulate the economy as well as giving people an opportunity to work, the natives who live in Amazon weren’t too happy about this decision. Since then, the natives raised their voices and often protested against the government in order to receive life security and to preserve the environment.
The case in Peru is just other example of what is happening today. By looking at these issues around the globe, this is not to be dealt easily but to come up with the solution that can achieve both economical success as well as environment conservation. The question is; how are we going to achieve this? Before we move onto the solutions, our next speaker, Fraser, will talk more about the environmental protection.
- 10th grade English - SraJMcGin, Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 10:59am
These efforts IS linked?
I verified the spelling of "focussed" and it is acceptable, but "ruff" no. However when done orally no one will really know how you spell it, unless you are also to turn the paper in.
in "the" next centuries?
flora, fauna, etc. which helps? Isn't your subject plural?
"A" recent example of..... (better?)
not to be dealt easily = not to be dealt "with"
The facts look good so I only checked grammar, etc.
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