You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Development in technology has brought various environmental problems. Some believe that people need to live simpler lives to solve environmental problems. Others, however, believe technology is the way to solve these problems. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
While some perceive simpler lives as a solution for many environmental problems, others think that technological advances can help to mitigate environmental issues. Both views are topical, and hence a critical discussion is needed before reaching a logical conclusion.
On the one hand, those who believe that individuals need to lead simpler lives suggest that people should adapt to habits such as walking or cycling rather than driving cars. This is because the current number of cars being manufactured and used is increasing, which causes high levels of exhaust fumes and makes air pollution level hazardous. Similarly they think, people should try to reduce their consumption of power so that the exhaustion of natural resources such as fossil fuels can be minimized. This can help preserve energy for the future, when the demand of power would surge exponentially.
On the other hand, others believe because of the developments of technology, people can come up with innovative ideas such as ways to recycle materials like paper or glass, which reduces the environmental issues. Secondly, they assume that technology can help people to generate electricity from the best available resources and consume it in such a way that it rarely harms the environment. They project many countries in the world, which have built power plants to generate power from solar and nuclear energy sources. These countries not only save a lot of money on energy, but also do minimum harm to their environments.
After analyzing both these views in detail, I believe in the power of technology, which can solve a number of environmental concerns. At the same time, I would suggest one should go for a simpler life as this can make the situation much better.