How does poverty hurt the environment?



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    Many of the poorest parts of the planet are also those where the local environment has suffered most. This is partly because thousands of millions of people with no other way to feed themselves have been forced to clear forests, deplete fisheries, and in other ways extract the last possible natural resources from their environment. However, it is important to note that the problem in many poorer developing countries is not just access to money, land, and resources. Social inequities in many places have concentrated resources in the hands of a relatively small part of the population, and simply encouraging economic growth may not accomplish very much unless the economic system is adjusted to distribute wealth and resources more equitably. Many activists in both developing and industrialized countries believe that poverty and environmental degradation are both directly linked to richer countries and the relatively rich in society consuming at the expense of both the global poor and the world’s natural ecosystems. Much more complete and in-depth information about all this can be found at the link below.

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