Environmentalism in the 3rd world

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Written by Bhikku Bodhi

In the U.S., denial of global warming and indifference toward its consequences stem from a potent mixture of corporate greed, the arrogance of power, fear of collapse, and stultifying delusion.  In developing nations, in contrast, reluctance to counter global warming often springs from the sheer struggle for survival.  These countries see enhanced economic activity as essential to their escape from poverty. Thus cuts in carbon emissions, in so far as they hamper economic productivity, appear to them as an unwelcome impediment to their aspirations for greater productivity. 

Bhikku Bodhi, A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency, pp.165-166. 

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