Before I continue I should say that ILP appears to be mixing up aid and loans.Loans must be paid back whereas aid is charitable.
3/Developed countries also have sensitive enviroments yet because they do not need aid they are free to continue to damage the enviroment without
Another way of describing a developed country is to say that it is industrialised.Developed nations are basically those that have already used their
natural resources to kick start their economy.Those industrialised nations continue to use those natural resources of their own and import resources
to feed their industrialised economies.
There is a growing acceptance that global warming is a very real phenomenon and global warming is not the consequence of developing nations using
their natural resources,though this will make the problem worse in the long term.Global warming is the consequence of developed or industrialised
nations disregard for the enviroment over more than a hundred years.
And industrialised nations continue unabated.The European Union and the United States account for the vast majority of carbon emissions in the
But we are doing something about it right?
Below are just some the accomplishments of the Bush Administration in it's first few months.
*Cut funding for research into renewable energy sources by 50%.
*Delayed rules that would reduce "acceptable" levels of arsenic in drinking water.
*Cut funding for research into cleaner,more efficent cars and trucks by 28%.
*Revoked rules strengthening the power of Government to deny contracts to companies that violate enviromental laws.
*Allowed Secretary of Interior Gale Norton to request suggestions for opening up national monuments for forresting,coal mining,and oil and gas
*Broken campaign pledge to invest $100 million per year in rain forest conservation.
*Pulled out of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol,ultimatly signed by 178 other countries.
*Cut half a billion dollars from Enviromental Protection Agency's budget.
*Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.
*Approved plan to for oil and gas developement off of Florida.
*Announced plans for oil drilling in Montana's Lewis and Clark National Forest.
*Tried to reverse regulation protecting 60 million acres of national forest from logging.
*Proposed the selling of oil and gas tracts in Alaska Wildlife Preserve.
Source:Stupid White Men by Michael Moore.
Now,I'm not on an anti American rant.I'm just pointing out that there are plenty of things that all western industrialised nations can do to protect
I don't want judges to look at any one of the three arguments I've set out in my posts but to look at them as a whole.If the suggestions I make:
*Prosecuting and heavily fining trans national companies caught dealing in this illegal trade.
*Enforcing the existing import bans on these goods.
*Encouraging retailers to look to sustainable supplies of wood thereby cutting the demand for than illegal supplies.
*Rather than keeping nations in poverty through loan repayments and giving them enough food to keep alive on a week to week basis it would be better
to wipe the loans and give the people the oportunity to safeguard their own future.
*Getting our own act together.
If these suggestions were enacted then we would have a better chance of preserving our enviroment.
Over to you ILP for your closing statement.