Conflict Perspective Essay

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Conflict Perspective

The conflict perspective is very apparent in modern day issues affecting the environment.
Environmental groups, both government and non-government based like The Sierra Club and
the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) are often at odds with industries with
conflicting goals such as logging and oil industries. The industries want their right to
manufacture products from natural resources, while environmental groups want to protect
and preserve these limited natural resources. For example, conservationist groups lobby to
industries in the energy field and people in general to reduce and conserve their use of
natural resources and to develop alternate sources for this energy. On the other hand,
preservationists strive to preserve these resources as much as possible. Various other
environmental groups have specific purposes and goals such as eliminating air pollution
from automobiles and stopping the dumping of chemicals into ocean waters. The general goal
of all of these groups is to preserve and ensure the existence of all living beings on
earth. While this may sound simple or easy, it is far from it. When big businesses like
oil companies have billions of dollars and tremendous influences on government, small time
environmental groups only get secondary attention.

The majority of these groups have been started in very recent history and continue in
growing force. This is mainly due to growing awareness, as well as growing concern for
environmental issues. Despite this, industries have also grown and so has their
consumption and exploitation of mother nature. Pollution and waste resulting from the
depletion and usage of many natural resources and fossil fuels has plagued the earth
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