Why does growth hurt the environment so much?



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    One way to look at this problem is from the point of view of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The needs of humans fall into 5 categories of physiological, safety, social, esteem, and self-actualization. As humans have become able to fulfill one of these needs, they move on to seeking fulfillment of the next level of needs. Each level becomes more mentally and materialistically demanding in our modern society.

    With more growth, more people are able to achieve basic physiological, safety and social needs and then move on to trying to fulfill esteem needs (for example, owning more land) and self-actualization (like a business trying to reach its highest potential). These desires can easily lead to actions that are harmful to the environment.

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