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Development - Future costs

per capita consumption of energy, developing nations India and china, cars, aeroplanes

Every country wants to join the developed nations club. Development for nations means a good standard of life, high purchasing power and security and comforts. But many of the frontline developed nations caused more damage to themselves and the other countries by huge waste and abuse of natural resources there by causing permanent environmental damage that speeds up the whole world into collapse.
The newly developing nations too joined the race now. If India and China the two most populous countries in the world increase the per capita energy consumption levels, to that of the developed nations, the end of the world will be much sooner.

Imagine for example the number of cars per house hold in US compared to India or China. If both these countries too because of the increasing purchasing power start adding number of personal cars to that of the developed nations, the emissions from these vehicles will ensure that we can see over the globe only clouds of pollution and not Sun any more. Like wise, if the per capita Oil consumption of these countries match that of the US, then the entire hydro carbon reserves will be exhausted much sooner adding to the global warming and making life inhabitable. Like wise, now a days the aircraft manufacturing companies have a field day with both India and China placing huge orders for passenger air craft. When these air craft join the skies in full strength, the environmental damage to earth will tear the ozone shield that is protecting the earth.

Hence developed and developing nations should sit together and see what best can be done to prevent the damage from so called development. Like wise, with the increasing urbanization, summers are becoming un bearable and the air conditioners are becoming common in developing nations too. What the air conditioner does is that it throws out hot air from homes and increase power consumption multiple times there by increasing energy needs.

Development at the cost of future generations will be in excusable. Development means providing facilities for leading a contended life. Development should nor fuel unwanted or damage causing desires for the sake of the future of the planet and the generations.
Development without damage calculations should not be permitted. Things that are unnecessary should not be encouraged.

Development should not be judged by the number of cars, air conditioners, per capita power consumption, per capita steel consumption etc. Development should be planned in such a way to cause least damage to environment and driving the people from the market economy. Develop where it is needed. Don’t confuse development with physical comforts alone.
Published: 2007-05-14

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i am a first class master's degree holder political science. i am also a graduate in law BL. I feel i have a flair for writing. i am 53 years old and took voluntary retirement from a public sector bank in india after 24+ years of service. my late father was a prolific writer whose articles on current affairs, short stories, skits were published in all most all the magazines in india. i too want to try my luck in the field of writing

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