Should rich countries pay more for environmental damage?

Environmental damage is accelerating at an alarming rate with human carrying the blame for this. The chief contributors to environmental damage come from plastic, electronic and power consumptions related wastes (Jarman, 2006).  These wastes eventually lead to global warming. Both the rich and poor to some extent share the blame for this.


First the rich countries contribute indirectly to the pollution and environmental damages in the developing countries.  Developed countries have established multinational companies in developing countries that are part of the wastages that pollute the environment (Sahu & Choudhury, 2005). Therefore, rich countries should pay more for the contributions they make towards environmental damage.

In the world we are living in, nature provides at a slower pace that what is being consumed. Developed countries consume resources at a higher rate as compared to developing countries. For instance in rich countries the rate of usage of un-interrupted power is much higher as compared to developing countries (Cookson, 2014). Rich countries use much electricity with appliances such as air conditioner and other home appliances that are not common in developing countries. For this reason, rich countries should bear the greater part of the blame and pay more for environmental damages.

Developing countries are known to have financial constraints, with rich countries being part of support to the developing countries (Cookson, 2014). Based on the fact that those countries have enough money for themselves, they should spares some for environmental conservation.

However, rich countries also are known to employ the best technology to ensure there is minimal environmental damage. In my view, developed countries are major contributors to environmental damage and hence should pay as compared to developing countries.

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