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Resolved: Developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction when the two are in conflict.
This topic is so boring. I’d like to know what tree huggers managed to weasel their way onto the committee and get this topic in the list. I rarely say things like this, and by that I mean, I almost always say things like this, but the topic sucks. Despite its massive suckage, though, we must forge ahead and conduct an analysis so that we can conquer all who oppose us on the battlefield of debate. Let’s get started 🙂
1. Developing countries – As the term is understood, a developing country is a country that does not meet Western nation’s basic concept of standard of living. Developing countries struggle with economic development, technological advancement, and internal strife. They are often typified by poverty, high illiteracy rates, and corrupt governments. You know what developing countries are, so don’t try to claim that every country is technically “developing.”
2. Prioritize – This term has been used in a number of resolutions before. Prioritization is simple. If you prioritize something, you choose that thing over something else when you’re faced with the choose.
3. Environmental Protection – Simply put, this is protection of the environment. Environmental protection entails taking care of the earth, preserving nature, and generally protecting the environment from destruction.
4. Resource extraction – This means extracting resources. In the context of the resolution, you’re probably most concerned with activities like oil drilling, fracking, mining, cutting down forests, and other generally destructive tasks.
1. Governmental Legitimacy – A government is only legitimate if it fulfills its obligations under the social contract. The government has no obligation to the environment, since the environment was not a party in the contract. The government’s obligation is to protect and provide for its people, and since the nation is still developing, it is implicit that those obligations have not yet been met. Resources are vital for a government to be able to carry out these obligations. If the government does not prioritize resource extraction, it will be unable to remain legitimate.
2. Utilitarianism – Prioritizing resource extraction leads to the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Developing nations need resources for basic infrastructure creation like running water systems, roads, electricity generation, hospital building, etc… In the modern world, it’s almost impossible to extract such resources without harming the environment, so when the two come into conflict, extraction must be prioritized to achieve what is best for the people.
1. The World is Flat – Developing nations do not need to worry about environmentally dangerous resource production. Increasing globalization has made it possible for developing nations to readily acquire resources for which they would otherwise need to destroy the environment. Prioritizing resource extraction results in carrying out unnecessary violence to our environment, which is a moral offense.
2. Necessity Leads to Progress – Earth will eventually run out of resources, and it will be necessary for the human race to figure something out. If nations begin prioritizing environmental protection, it will spark ingenuity which will provide energy solutions more readily. Human history demonstrates that people innovate best and most efficiently when there is a desperate need for innovation. This is why wars lead to such tremendous technological innovations. If governments refuse to extract resources, then people will be forced to innovate.
I hope this helps get you started. Good luck!