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Economy Versus Environment

“What can we do?” farmer Henry Crothers asked writer Michael Parfit. “If people in the inland can’t make a dollar, what do you do with the land when they’re all gone? It’s sort of a two-edged sword, I guess.”

Make a living or protect the land? It’s not always possible to do both. In countries around the world the relationship between industry and environmentalism is a turbulent one. Both sides have valid—and often passionate—arguments that can lead to bitter disputes, or worse.

Is compromise possible? Can environmental concerns and commercial needs find common ground?

• Read an essay by Parfit and share your thoughts in our forum. You can also read an excerpt from his article “Australia—A Harsh Awakening,” in the July 2000 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

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