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Debate Score:36
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Total Votes:39
Ended:09/25/09
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Should developed countries force developing countries to protect the environment? (2nd)

Yes

Side Score: 3
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No

Side Score: 33
Winning Side!
2 points

Global warming has become an issue that every country should have the chance to discuss, or even better work together to find a solution to this problem. Developing Countries such as many Haiti need help finding that same solution that will help the stop to global warming. Developing Countries don't have as much money or a strong government as Developed countries do, making it hard for Developing Countries to find a way to protect their environment. That's why Developed Countries should help Developing Countries protect their environment, because we only have one Earth and once the damage is done, their is no going back.

4 years ago | Side: yes
1 point

It is true that developed countries have numerously harmed the enviromnment along their journey of development. It is also true that nobody forced them to protect the environment, so why should they force others? Well, developed countries don't wish for the cycle of destruction to continue. They acknowledge the fact that their development has helped cause global warming, the extinction of some animals, and other negative things. They also relize that the developing countries should also receive an opportunity to become developed, but if they go all out with their development the same type of results will come out. One quote that should be remembered is that,"Those who don't learn from the past are deemed to repeat it." If the developing countries start developing in a safer manner for the environment, then the issue won't be so focused on. The developed countries could also help, not only force the developing countries. They could help them by giving them some things that they have already developed.

4 years ago | Side: yes
7 points

Developed countries should be the ones that protect the environment, not the developing ones. Developing countries have their own worries and problems to solve, like their economy, government, and giving sufficient amount of services to their people. To think of solving a worldwide issue is quite overwhelming. They shouldn't be forced to protect the environment when they are not even much of the problem. It is the developed countries that destroy the environment to build new structures and pollute it through excessive use of cars and other transportation. Developed countries have the power and the money to make a difference concerning the issue of protecting the environment. Through their abuse of the environment, developed countries should take responsiblity to protect the environment, rather than force it upon the developing countries.

4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

"Developed" Countries, as they are known, have always forced other, "developing" countries to do their bidding, wether by brute force or "diplomatic" persuasion. The more advanced country might force the inferior country to preserve its natural environment. That one forces another to do so is hypocritical, as the developed country more than likely has destroyed or mutated its own environment. Besides, there are always hidden intentions, wether political or economic. The developing country should have its own say in what it does with what it has.For exapmle, would the US have stopped its Industrial Revolution simply because it was polluting its atmosphere? Would we now give up some of our luxuries because we release Chlorofluorocarbons? No, we wouldn't, although some like to believe they would. Let it pollute,cut down, or destroy. It doesn't make a difference if one country stops or starts. Man, wether from one country or another, always seeks his own gain, by ANY means neccessary.

4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

I dont think they should. Developing countires already have enough to worry about. Those countries struggle to do simple things like feeding their children or buying new shoes on a daily basis. The people in these types of countires don't and can't be doing much if anything at all to affect th enviornment anyway. They don't drive to work, they walk or ride a bike. They naturaly farm their land, they don't use big fancy machines. So, i don't think they should be forced to have to help fix a problem they aren't even contributing to.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

Absolutely not. With so much tension and fighting going on now, the last thing the world needs is another topic to argue about. If a developed country FORCED a developing country to protect the environment it's very likely that there could be a major conflict. Most of the more powerful countries are already viewed as the bad-guys, so why add to the reputation? I do support the preservation of the environment and I think it would be wonderful if everyone felt the same and worked together for a cleaner and healthier earth, but force is unnecessary at the moment. On the other hand, world-wide encouragement to protect the environment would be wonderful. It's also much more likely that people would listen to a positive influence like encouragement rather than being forced to do something. When we can find a way to reach everybody and teach the importance of protecting the environment, a small nudge in the right direction could be possible, but for now, conflict and force should be avoided.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

Force is a rather inflexible word. No nation has the right to force another country to "develop", and become enviornment friendly. Infact, devloped countries are the most likely to produce enviornmental poison. For example, place the United States into factor. The millions of factories and automobile waste alone engulfs the nation with toxic and unfriendly enviornmental circumstances. Not to mention the number of moraly incorrect, luxurious, wasteful, and careless people that inhibit America. Taking this into consideration, the word "force" most definitely exhibits the wrong idea. Developed countries need to focus on their own issues, instead of extending the blame on a country using 80% less resources. Yes, developing countries are known for their lack of sterility. However, a country essentially equally destorying the enviornment has no right to force sterility upon another. If anything, the developed country should do nothing but send encouragement and help to the developing country. The dogmatic word "force" is in need of replacement by the more appropriate word "help".

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

I don't see much of a purpose in forcing an un-developed country to protect it's environment. Most un-developed countries don't have electronics, cars, or anything to even produce pollution. They usually have much bigger problems to deal with. I'm not saying the environment isn't important, but I'm saying they are probably more concentrated on eating, money, health care, and more. Developed countries have much more of a reason to protect their environment, because they don't have to worry about these things as much as developing countries do, and we have more problems with our environment.

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

In the United States, typically, you hear the term "Go Green". Go Green refers to the task of people transforming into more eco-friendly citizens. It may sound easy but effort is not always cheap. People may buy products like decomposable paper plates or not using water bottles but that my cost more.

If cost is an issue, then what makes you think that a country that cant provide for their own can possibly have the first priority of taking care of the enviornment?

Im not saying that people shouldnt respect the land on which they live. Im saing that its not as an important concern. Taking care of the people rather than the land is of greater importance.

Its cost to green. You also pay a price when you dont.

So the real question is: "would you take the chance of having people survive on a not-so-stable land or would you rather have the stable enviornment and agriculture without the steady population of people?"

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

Forcing a country that is below the status of a fully-developed country to do a costly deed isn't reasonable. From our own experience, protecting the environment can take a lot out of our nation, from going eco-friendly by recycling to being frugal in our resources. Some developing countries, such as Romania, don't have enough resources to better their land for their citizens, whereas in the United States, we have the higher economy and the centralized, stable government to help most of us better ourselves. We have numerous groups and organizations that are built off of money and time, but Romania has poverty and lack of social organization. If anything, developed countries should help developing ones with their hurting environment.

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

Developing countries shouldn't need to have the help of force from the developed countries. Developing countries should learn to become independent and not dependent on developed countries helping them. It is best that they are able to set up an independent nation with productive people. If America as a developed country does help, developing countries won't be able to improve themselves and they'll be dependent on the nations providing them with help. If the country wants or doesn't want to protect their environment it is not a developed country's responsibility to force developing countries to protect their environment. No force is needed, let the developing countries decided. The developing countries have to take responsibility for their own country and responsibility to take care of the environment.

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

Although it would be great for all of the countries to become more environmentally friendly, I don't think that developed countries should be able to force developing countries into protecting the environment. Not all developed countries worry about protecting the environment fully, so why should the developing countries have to worry about it too? Developing countries also don't have the types of money resources that developed countries have so I think it's unfair for the developed countries to even be aloud to force developing countries into protecting the environment.

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

Imperialistic 'developed countries', egotistic and corrupted with power, have absolutely no right to force developing countries into anything. The American colonists revolted and began the revolutionary war because the British, who then were thought of by the majority of the colonists as a separate people, interfered with the colonists' lives. Any relatively new country must be concerned solely with advancing to the level of the older countries in a timely fashion, to be thought of as equals by these older countries. To spend money on 'green' ways of doing things that developing countries have only recently begun to do is ridiculous, wasteful, and unrealistic. These countries barely have the resources for necessities like food, water, clothing, and shelter for their citizens. If these meager resources are spread to the development of 'green' production and energy, the countries will fall even further behind. Now, if these 'developed' countries who interfere with the new countries are going to put forth the money and research necessary to advance the developing countries' technologies, their demands would be more reasonable. Yes, the earth is important, and we should all do what we can to preserve and protect it. But only what we truly can do. Human life is important too, and people with starving children, ragged clothing, and a dilapidated shack are not concerned with the preservation of the earth, but with their next meal. But if developed countries are looking to help these developing countries, they should first bring the care of the citizens in these countries up to par with the rest of the world.

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

Developed countries should not force anything upon devoloping countries. Developing countries are called developing for a reason.They have worrys about how they are going to feed their family or keep their familys safe and well, they do not need the hassle of worry about our Earth as well. They are going to hard times already.Im not saying that they do not need to respect our environment, but they can not do as much as protecting our enviroment as we are without money.Although being eco friendly helps our enviroment, it also costs a lot of money, and developing countries do not have a lot of money. We cannot force developing countries to help us if they are not able too.

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

A developed country should not force a developing country to do anything even if it's protecting the environment. Our country at one point was in the stage of developing and we never worried about protecting the environment; we worried about getting things done and becoming a developed country. Not only that, but it can become pretty costly to become or stay eco-friendly. Though when it comes down to it in the end it may save you money. For example, switching your light bulbs to florescent lighting may save thousands of dollars each year. But for developing countries sometimes the less eco friendly materials are cheaper and easier to use.

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

Developing countries have their own problems other than global warming and the environment. To protect the environment is an important thing to do, especially these days where global warming is definetely a big problem. But, the developed countries should worry about their country and how they should protect the environment. Even though everyone should help out in saving mother nature, sometimes developing countries have bigger problems to deal with rather than protecting their environment and going green.

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

Each country has should have the right to do what they want with their environment. No country should interfere with other countries regarding a country's decision. For example parents should not interfere with the way that other parents raise their kids and the same applies with countries. We are countries for a reason, we don't run things together that's why we have borders. We each have a different way of running and managing things. If we began to force other countries to do things then that would contradict what are nation stands for, liberty. If countries began to force other countries to protect the environment or any other thing even for the good of our world, it may on some level offend other nations and lead into another world war. So much for protecting the environment when you have others being blown up!

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

Developed countries have had time to grow and to produce a government system and an economy.They have had time to make changes and find out what works best with their environment. On the other hand develpoing countries are just starting out. Their economy may not be as strong or as complete as fully developed country.They may not have everything conformed yet . They should not be demanded to start protecting their environment in the early stage in the developing of their country.

4 years ago | Side: yes
1 point

Forcing a developed, or even developing, country to do anything will lead to retaliation and an end to diplomatic relations. The changing environment and global warming are a pressing issues to every person on this earth, and many third world leaders know this. The U.S does not have the right to force anyone to improve their carbon footprint when it isn't even a world leader in green technologies. We need to work with third world countries to improve their environmental standards and diplomatic relations with them as a whole. Negotiating with developing countries will not only lead to the preservation of our environment, but also strong alliances drawn together by the need for a healthier planet. Together, we can help developing countries to find more environmentally friendly solutions and maybe even improve our own environmental technologies.

4 years ago | Side: No
0 points

I feel that developed countries should not force developing countries to protect the environment. Instead of forcing them, which seems kind of harsh, they should encourage them to go green. I think that encouragement would help them understand what our world is going through.

Developing countries are already going through hard times in order to become a developed country. They don't need any more pressure to be placed on their backs to become an environmentally friendly country. Even though they should help protect the environment, I feel that the relations between countries is very important. If developed countries force this issue of going green, then the developing countries could get irritated, causing an unfriendly relationship between countries.

4 years ago | Side: No
0 points

I love our planet just as much as anyone else, but nobody should forced into anything. I think that people and/or countries should have the right to do whatever they want to do, and have the right to make their own independent decisions. Whether those decisions are for better or for worse, I'm not sure about. But just because a third world country that is ruled by drug lords and is noted for their cocaine doesn't quite make that country just, but it's what they have to deal with for their time being to get by. What if that country is located in the Amazon and thrives off of the land for vegetation? They have to cut down part of the forest to survive, not because they want to. Sure that ruins their environment, but it's what they have to deal with. If you take their land away from them, what would they become? They'd most definitely go into a worse state than they were once in, and probably disintegrate as a country.

4 years ago | Side: No


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