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  1. Background.
  2. The environmental consequences of growth.
  3. Disastrous decision making.
  4. Individuals & global warming.
  5. Nations & global warming.
  6. The world & global warming.
  7. Where that leaves us.

Former Vice President Al Gore generated tremendous global awareness and concern for the issue of global warming through his movie, ?An Inconvenient Truth?. His activism won him a Nobel Peace Prize, and the issue has become a central topic of discussion for many of the world's leaders. Despite the accolades the movie received, and mounting evidence that human activity contributes to global warming, there are many critics who argue that Gore's movie is rife with exaggerated claims and that any evidence is the result of some vast left-wing conspiracy.

[...] Nations & Global Warming In order for individual concerns and actions regarding environment to gain traction, national governments must also play a part in combating global warming, just like they played a part in creating global warming. To begin, most developed nations today, achieved power and wealth by encouraging rapid industrialization. The United States is a prime example of the past, and now China, India and Mexico all exhibit the same ambitions. The reason individuals alone cannot halt or reverse global warming is that massive inequality exists in terms of wealth and quality of life throughout the world. [...]

[...] Speth cites the World Commission on Environment and Development for a definition of sustainable development, which is, Development that ?seeks to meet the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability to meet those of the future.' Most analysts now agree that, from an environmental perspective, sustainable development requires living off nature's income rather than consuming natural capital.[4] Booth provided philosophical reasons why the environment ought to be valued and deserve a moral claim; Daly provided theological reasons to sustain that value and moral claim; Speth initiates the discussion on conflict of values, which this paper will soon address, as it pertains to global warming. [...]

[...] If there is any hope for global warming to be reversed, nations will have to regulate its individual citizens and corporations to ensure that they cut down on activities and practices that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Governments have already and must continue to offer economic incentives to go green, so that people, who act based on selfish motives, will still go green. The World & Global Warming The final perspective from which global warming must be approached is from the world perspective, which ought to be the most important perspective. [...]

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