My Insights On Asian Dilemma Essay

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The chapter was all about how most Asian countries slowly devastated different aspects in nature because of their greed for money and their self-interests. While they were so busy finding ways and innovating new technologies for them to become rich, they didn’t even bother to think about the consequences that might happen. Firstly, they destroyed our environment. Most of our trees, which were to give us shade and protection from floods, were cut down by large multinational countries. They even logged at our virgin forests, like the ones in the Pacific Islands, which were rich in timber, and also in Suriname. Now, three-quarters of the rest of the forest in the world were threatened by logging. Secondly, the primitive people were also affected, like the Aetas, the Wik, and the Komoro, which fought for a losing battle against people who were destroying their place, their rights, and their ways of living. Thirdly was the rapid extinction of our wild animals, like the tigers, blue-fin tunas, and giant whales. Due to the rapid growth of population, food demand also increased rapidly, leading to overfishing and competition between countries in choosing which had the favourable grounds for fishing. Poaching also in tigers was so rampant that it only left less than 4,000 tigers in the world. Fourth was the growth of energy consumption. Carbon dioxide emissions were increasing, dependence on oil and fossil fuels were very much likely, and building of coal-fired generation plants were also used nowadays to supply goods and services, especially in countries like India, China, and Indonesia. Fifth was food scarcity. Although some people, especially the rich ones, hadn’t been in this phase yet, but according to UNICEF, an estimated 40,000 people died per day because of hunger or diseases related to undernourishment. This was evident that food supplied was not enough to feed everyone. Factors affecting this were firstly due to the increasing growth of the population, in which supply hadn’t met its demands. Secondly, the rich ate more than what was enough. Thirdly, soil were being eroded, land was lost to salination, etc. According to this chapter, the only solution to this problem was “sustainable farming”, wherein we should return to natural agriculture like using less energy and chemicals. Lastly, the increase in population growth. As these industries rose, population also sped up. Parts of Asia had considered this problem, so they already managed to control its fertility rates. However in East Asia, their fertility rates dropped since mostly both men and women had jobs, and some women barely managed to stay home. For some developing countries, they still had to deal with population problems, which made it as a barrier for them to progress economically and prosper.
In addition to my summary about this chapter, this was also about how the media should respond to these problems. A true media reporter should not only report the success of a country’s...

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