Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
House, Karen Elliott
Allen, Richard V.
Examines the discrepancy between environmental protection policies in the developing world and industrialized nations.
As worldwide environmental degradation made the consequences of economic development increasingly clear, renewed international cooperation resulted in multiple treaties and conferences addressing the issue of the environment. Yet despite these preventative measures, ecosystems around the globe continued to be devastated by acid rain, desertification, and a widening gap in the ozone layer, causing many countries to take a hard look at the tradeoff between the destruction of the environment and economic development. While many industrialized nations held the view that in the long run, sustaining the environment and expanding economies were two sides of the same coin, most third world countries dismissed this notion as a luxury of rich countries, arguing that they need to worry about feeding their citizens first and breathing clean air second. As a result, many third world countries refused to cooperate with environmental protection efforts, which they viewed as hypocritical attempts by industrialized nations to limit their prospects for growth. This episode examines the role of both industrialized nations and developing third world countries in protecting the environment, and asks, “Does the destruction of the environment have to be a product of economic development?” Featuring former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Donald McHenry, Former National Security Advisor Richard Allen, and Karen Elliott House of the Wall Street Journal.
Connecticut Public TelevisionWorld Beat AssociatesGeorgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceForeign Policy Association
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