The environmental challenges we face today are ringing alarm bells for our future. Identifying their roots is a complex task. In my research, I came across a study examining the impact of population growth in underdeveloped nations. Surprisingly, it revealed that “Individuals living in developed countries have, in general, a much larger ecological footprint than those in the developing world” (Dovers & Butler, n.d.). This finding challenged my assumptions, suggesting that while underdeveloped countries may require more resources due to a lack of reproductive education, they may not significantly impact the planet.

Further investigation highlighted excessive resource consumption in developed countries as a major contributor to environmental degradation. A UNICEF report cited ” exposure to harmful pollutants including toxic air, pesticides, damp and lead; access to light, green spaces and safe roads; and countries’ contributions to the climate crisis, consumption of resources, and the dumping of e-waste.” as key issues (UNICEF, 2022).

As someone who values technology, I understand its importance despite its environmental consequences. Yet, I now recognize the urgency for countries and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. As environment stewards specially as a father of two daughters, we must also contribute to this effort for the sake of future generations. Every small step count, and with our example we can inspire others in this same purpose.

References

Dovers, S., & Butler, C. (n.d.). Population and environment: a global challenge. Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved February 9, 2024, from https://www.science.org.au/curious/earth-environment/population-environment

UNICEF. (2022, May 24). Over-consumption in the world’s richest countries is destroying children’s environments globally, new report says. https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/over-consumption-worlds-richest-countries-destroying-childrens-environments-globally