People or Penguins
Victor WongWe, human beings, as any other living being, do need natural resources inorder to live. However, currently, we are overexploiting the resources we haveavailable in a very irresponsible way, which creates a huge damage to theecosystem that is hard to heal. The modern world is demanding more and moreresources to satisfy our needs. It is clear that, in order to satisfy the increasingdemand, more resources need to be harvested from the nature. If we look at theeconomical numbers for each industry today, we will see that, in many cases,production has been increasing exponentially in the last years. Nevertheless, thisfast-pace growth is more harmful to the environment we live in than many of uswould have expected; especially because the negative impact is not correctlymeasured or taken into account by the industry. Nature cannot recover itself fromthe damage as fast as increment of the production rate.William F. Baxter in his article
“People or Penguins”
mentions that,according to some scientists, the use of DDT in food production is causingdamage to the penguin population. However, this argument does not follow hispeople-oriented-criteria, which are:
Every person should be free to do whatever he wishes in contexts wherehis actions do not interfere with the interests of other human beings.
Waste is a bad thing, so no resources should be wasted.