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Does all kind of economic activity necessarily harms the environment?

I have been thinking that all kinds of economic activity harms the environment in some way. Burning gas to go somewhere, burning coal to turn on the computer, produce goods and services using natural resources etc. Can you think of any sort of economic activity that doesn't involve using up resources and harming the environment?

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  • Aug 17 2013: Of course it does. Given that economic activity involves action of some kind then it must effect the environment. Most of this action will involve the use of machines which of course run on petrol which pollutes severely. In addition economic activity leads to a change of some kind, often in a large scale e.b. open cut mines, cutting down forests etc.

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