Free Trade and its Environmental Repercussions


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Free Trade and its Environmental Repercussions
The middle part of this decade introduced two seminal works: Thomas Friedman’s book The World is Flat and Al Gore’s movie presentation “An Inconvenient Truth.” This flattened world provides efficient interaction, exchange and trade between individuals, corporations and governments. Nevertheless, this growth in efficient production and worldwide demand comes with consequences. As Gore argues, along with many Nobel laureate scientists, the environmental impact of free trade and increased demand has significantly harmed the health of the Earth and eroded its protective ozone layer. Thus, one asks what can be done to reduce pollution, move towards a carbon-neutral society but at the same time...
The end: must continue to exist, but policy makers must respond to the threats facing the world ecosystem. As Brown worries, “are we accumulating a backlog of problems that will become unmanageable, undermining confidence in our political institutions, leading to their collapse and to social disintegrations?” Unfortunately, both political parties here in America are corporatist in nature. Short-term profits outweigh long-term sustainable growth, and thus the necessary foresight to adopt change does not exist. Coupled with the American predisposition for unilateralism and the prospect of collective agreement on environmental standards seem equally dim. A lack of decisive action and commitment will be the world’s doom. And then we will all be dead.