To date, three large environmentally destabilized zones covering about 20 million square kilometers of land have grown in Europe, Asia and America, while fewer than 10% of natural ecosystems can still be considered intact. Some of the countries located in these zones are developing economically at a rapid pace, and are constantly increasing their polluting emissions.
Meanwhile, environmental conditions continue to deteriorate. The UN alone has spent several trillion US dollars on environmental programmes during twenty years of sustainable development strategy implementation. Despite some local improvement, the world’s environmental situation has considerably worsened, with new risks and threats emerging. This is easy to explain by the fact that only developed countries have passed and observe strict environmental legislation; they also fund adequately their environmental programmes. Moreover, they help the poorest countries, which often causes dismay and indignation amongst their elites who feel that justice is violated. No doubt, developed countries accept their responsibility in the context of international sustainable development efforts. They take into account the emphasis of their societies on the global environment, and on the technologies and financial resources they possess. Nevertheless, as we have seen before, the resources spent in Third World countries change practically nothing in their economic structure. This is not because they are inadequate; but because they are not invested in creating a civilised production and consumption market, instead of plugging the holes that re-emerge practically immediately.
It could be said that humanity is experiencing a comprehensive environmental crisis. We mean by this an environmental emergency situation. It is characterized by sustained negative changes of the environment that are harmful for the biosphere and human health. This situation is caused by the industrial-technical pressure society puts on nature. The problem is that the scope of this human activity does not match the Earth’s resources and environmental capabilities. We want the planet to give us something it cannot give us any longer. Our growing needs and desires are out of control.
It is important to understand that global environmental problems are caused not only by increasing human impact on the environment, but by the disparity in socio-economic development levels of different regions and countries, economies and cultures of the world. Resolving these issues is not possible without united and systemic efforts using economic, legal and technological instruments.
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