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Some people think that there are things individuals can do to help prevent global climate change. Others believe that action by individuals is useless and irrelevant and that it is only governments and large businesses which can make a difference. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Posted in English essay, English essays by Peony Hằng Phương on 27 Tháng Sáu 2011

As economy and society develop, people are attaching much important to save the earth from the global climate change. Some people think that there are things individuals can do to help prevent this phenomenon. Others believe that action by individuals is useless and irrelevant and that it is only governments and large businesses which can make a difference. There is no denying that everything has more than one face and this debate is not an exception.

I could start off by saying that I am one of many people who feel that the smallest actions of each individual, as the little grains make the desert, could make a lion part in protecting the earth. There are many reasons supporting my view and I would explore a few of the most important ones here. The first reason is that everyone between us is existing and living on this planet in using its resources, in changing its nature, therefore everyone must take responsibility for take care of every issue of the world (I). It might also be noted that there are many ways an individual can do to make this globe greener (II). We could start in the point of self-educate and notice others on the global warming (A). The second step could be participating on green campaign such as the earth hour (B), organized annually from2007 by the World Wild Life Organization, which “embraced 5,251 cities and towns in 135 countries and territories and reached an estimated 1.8 billion people worldwide in 2011” (source: . We can practice thrift not only the resources for our descendents but also our financial situation by satisfying our demands in economize our resources (C) like use the public transportation or other vehicles which don’t use oil that economize the combustible resources (1); exploit the new and green technologies such as compact florescent bulb, hybrid automobile, wind, sun or marine energies (2); become a smart client in recycle more by using recycling bean, recycling paper and other renewable product… and in use the local product and the minimally package goods that reduce the transportation and production cost (3); or just simple insulate anything that uses energy to stay a different temperature from its environment, unplug unused electronics, become vegetarian; cultivate the grow fast plants or a little garden of ourselves…(4) Another reason why I advocate the attitude is that the government and large businesses have not enough power, energy and resources to save the world without the participation and the supporting of individuals (III). In addition, from my perspective, large businesses which main function is making profit by producing products, how can they act to protect the environment in know that they must pay much for the benefit of others? Moreover the government and its organizations, the large businesses, the non- government organizations and others agents are legal persons and they couldn’t be compared with individuals which are real persons. In fact the legal persons cannot do anything without their real persons.

On the other hand, individuals could not reunite their forces without the lead of government, the financial and technical supporting of large businesses and organizations. The function of government is different from that of large businesses and organizations but in general I should talk only about the common things of them. I suppose I should begin by highlighting the fact that the government is voted and on behalf of the citizens’ will so its actions are according to the citizens’ needs. Consequently the government is able to issue the law and other legal documents, to command the army and the population forces to conduct individuals and organizations’ activities to protect the environment, to guard the nature resources from nature exploiting abuse of individuals and businesses (I). Furthermore the government and large organizations and companies’ systems concerning education and formation, resources and environment, plan and investment, oil and mineral resources sections… have responsible and abilities for the forming, for the researching and forecasting people on the climate change that individuals can’t realize lack of financial, human and knowledge resources (II).

All the evidence supports an unmistakable conclusion that environment protection is the responsibility of both parts combining individuals and organizations of government and large businesses.


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