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Could we ever temporarily freeze development to protect the environment?

Some day, whole world determine to stop developing and lead a low consuming life like freezed and try to give time to recover the environment... is that possible?

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    Jun 12 2013: When we are getting more and more aware about conservation of environment , regulations are getting stricter in favor of environmental protection , corporates are embracing environmental responsibility as their one of the deliverables , all these combindly pushing innovations to be more friendly in such situation why we need to freeze development to safe guard environment ?
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      Jun 12 2013: yes, step by step make it better. But it will take a long time for developing and poor countries to realize and correct their destroying behavior. Unbalanced situation is a problem.
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        Jun 12 2013: Agree that developing economies are behind than that of developed economy interms of environmental conservation. Our current model is such, quick economic development of developing economy gets the environmental damage as side effect of its stride for development. Definite question will arise can a developing economy afford a halt for its economic development for the sake of environmental protection?
        Do developing economy have enough money to invest into greener technology ?
        There was a time , when it was a practice by deoped economy to transfer more hazardous technology to under developed countries to protect environment of their own country. Now global community evolved into next level of awareness about environment which made them understand that environment can't separated by geo political boarders , so any damage to any country will impact the global environment sooner or later. That's the reason now in global climate forum most countries are coming together to have consensus about it , which they used to do only for geo political supremacy. I see lot of awareness about environmental protection even in poor country like mine both from government level as well as from the level of educated section of mass, which is a good news. Last not least can you specify who this "WE" are that your referred in the main premise ? Thanks
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          Jun 13 2013: Yes. i mean all the people on the earth :P
          In some places of my countries, there are still lots of industies do pollution and take no responsibility. RIvers in some places become red, blue, green, black, all the color you name it u_u
          Another problem is, some high polltuing industries from developed move to developing countries...
          anyways, i'm still optimistic about the future.
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        Jun 13 2013: Thanks for your thoughts and optimism. I also consider myself to be optimistic but may be our optimism is following different path and that's fine.

        Same is true about my country being polluted by some industries as a reality some of rivers which were once full fishes of different species lost it diversity of species as well as abundance hence gone down. In recent years we see department of environment is very vigilant about it , but due the high corruption officials of environment are just making money instead of protecting environment, that also an extra cost burden for those industry owners , which may encourage them to be more responsible to environment to avoid the hassle facing environment officials and government bureaucracy. But more important is in few instance as the villagers found the color of water bodies changed , they started protesting against the owner which is even a better pressure to turn industry to be more responsible.

        I feel it's a cycle of economic development , just after the industrial revolution the water of river Thames of London faced similar fate. Later English understood and took a long corrective measure to bring back Thames into its normal stage as much they could do. Remember they could do it as right that time they had enough money to spend it for Thames.

        Good news is now we are more aware , regulations are there, a bit greener technology is available in many cases , only strict implementation of regulation can make the difference. Other wise in developing countries investors will continue to maximize profit at the expense of damaging environment .

        Last not least so far "WE" couldn't yet be united for the sake of humanity , for the sake of environment expecting that unity spin a bit utopic optimism.... Even the appreciate your positive optimism :)
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          Jun 13 2013: “only strict implementation of regulation can make the difference.” i couldn't agree more.
  • Jun 16 2013: Yes.
    Of course we can or could, and think of what that would free up most of the world to do?
    Clean it up! I can't see anything more important than that and it would involve or could involve
    virtually the entire global population to do so.

    It''s everyone's problem caused by everyone.
    We might and could, as people, come....."together"......when we come......"to gather"
    all the garbage choking our planet to death. At least the environment that most life forms, including humans, need for life.

    Probably have the world free of pollution in 1-2 years. Completely.
    If we cleaned out the seven garbage patch islands that are in all the oceans of the world where the various currents collect, and stop the dying of all the ecological environments they are killing in the near and far surrounding areas, then we could end all ocean activity for ten years and let the oceans heal themselves.
    We cannot heal them. We only fsuk them up.
    We have this sick, sick penchant for thinking we are good and then force our "goodness" all over the place where it only tarnishes, taints and ultimately destroys.

    I imagine in one way that if the environments of the world could talk, they might say something like the person who murdered that soldier in England recently, said when he walked up to the camera filming him.
    "leave us alone."
  • Jun 15 2013: That depends on your view of how future will be like. In theory we will be able to build artificial worlds, at least there is no reason why we should not, depends only on the scientific progress.

    If we should not progress that far (whilst there is no argument why this should not happen), we would be dependent on this planet. If we progress, we will not be dependent on this "home".

    The idea of "protecting" the environment is in my opinion a result of a fear of development. The environment we live in is dangerous and does not do anything for the individuum, it becomes what it is through manipulation of what is there. Each lifeform "harms" the environment to the fullest, however, ones harm is the other ones benefit and vice versa, thats how it runs.

    Even if we would destroy the environment according to our needs, it will still be a garden of eden for other already existing lifeforms, which have other needs or will mutate. The planet/emvironment always wins, so no need to cry in advance.
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      Jun 16 2013: good point, i like this view. =)
  • Jun 12 2013: No,protect the environment also means development too.We need to be conscious in right direction.It does matter a lot.
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      Jun 12 2013: You are right, if we could use solar, water, wind energie to substitute old things, that could be much better. And all the pollution could be totally recycled and reused... some day we can make it i think.
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    Jun 11 2013: We don't necessary need to stop development to recover environment. Making development SMARTER and respectfull would be sufficient , and even useful to IMPROVE environment. That's a good point, Yang!
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      Jun 12 2013: Thanks for your answer. I think the environment is going worse little by little, no matter how do we protect. (in some regions people don't protect it at all) What i think is more like a science fiction: in the future we have to decide to give up part of right of developing and try to fix them otherwise we couldn't survive on the earth any more.
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    Jun 14 2013: Dear Yang,
    It depends on what is understood and realized as development. If you can define it with a long term well being of both humans and the planet, I think there will not be any need to 'protect' the environment and such development will not need to be frozen.
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    Jun 13 2013: We should, but humans are too short sighted. This prevents us to create effective policies for alternative fuel, clean water, etc. So much about being now. I feel bad about the generation below us.
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      Jun 13 2013: yes, short sighted, especially when it has something to do with interest. think about oil, how many countries benefit from it. 不过考虑到经济能力和科技水平,全面应用清洁能源短期内也不太容易实现。部分发达地区应该能应用得不错了。
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    Jun 12 2013: Hello Yang Liu:>)
    It is difficult to freeze development because there are no laws in place which support it. It has been tried in the US at different times, unsuccessfully.

    I agree with Salim, in that we are structuring our laws with more awareness of the environment, so we can have development while protecting our environment.
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    Jun 12 2013: Hello Yang Liu,
    I enjoyed reading the comments so far.

    I also long to see (I have a fantasy) the earth's environment look different.
    Perhaps from all the books I have read and movies I have seen of long ago, when humans lived in harmony with nature, I have a longing for a beautiful earthly paradise, where not only is the earth free of pollution and contamination, but humans are able to get along in peace and harmony.

    Some people think it is very much possible.

    Once you realize the change starts with yourself, you stop throwing trash on the floor, and you begin to take care of your personal environment, and you begin treating others as you would like to be treated, then you are leading by your example. If possible, try to encourage family and friends to do the same.

    If you have a set of principles that you are willing to give your life for, because these principles are of benefit not only to yourself, but others, and these principles are based on love, then the change is possible.

    Many individuals I know have already begun the change. The effort is worth the outcome.

    Will you get to see your fantasy come true? I say....................YES, why not?
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      Jun 12 2013: Yes! Certainly! Do you want to make the change? I do, you do, my friends do, but the friends of my friends might not do, and the government might not do, and the people in poor might have no mood to care about these... really hard to make it comes true, the real harmony.

      But i can imagine someday our lives are all moved into computer, then we almost stop hurting the earth. :D
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        Jun 12 2013: Well, perhaps there will come a time when we have a rulership on earth of people who desire the same as us.

        Don't you think this is a possibility?
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        Jun 12 2013: Me tooooooo.....let's hope we see it within our lifetime yes?
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    Jun 12 2013: .
    Yes!
    We could!
    It is easy.

    Our life goal is to keep our DNA alive.
    To reach the goal, our ancestors evolved the feeling of happiness leading us to the goal.

    The "development" makes us happy;
    but destroys the environment necessary for keeping our DNA alive.

    Just let people know it,
    then, we can "freeze the development" with no effort.

    (from Be Happy Validly!)
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      Jun 12 2013: new aspect of spreading the idea of environment protecting. cool :D

      Do animals keep their DNA alive at the price of destroy the environment? Yes, but people do it too much, Further more, humans desire much more than just keep their DNA, people want to consume, to occupy, to own, to dream and make dreams come true, to actulize their illusion and take adventure. People require more than just be full, that's why we have problem with environment.
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      Jun 12 2013: you are right, it's really difficult to control everyone on the earth. But this is a interesting fantasy for me, maybe someday we will actualize it partly. =)
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    Jun 12 2013: I don't think we need to freeze it but how we do it to protect our environment. Many at times we are busy building industries but what are we doing to protect the environment from the emittance of the industries? People dispose them in lakes,rivers and sees. we keep cutting down trees and not planting and the ozone layer is destroyed.We need to come up with ways of bringing development that is also friendly to the environment and also ways to conserve and not destroy it.
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      Jun 12 2013: Thank you for answering! yes, we need new ways to develop... there's a problem: many developed countries make a lot of effort to reduce the harm to environment, meanwhile in developing countries people still keep destroying everythings around them.