Main Menu Search E-mail Forums Register
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

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.

Due to the immediate nature of this medium, National Geographic Online does not review, censor, approve, edit, or endorse information placed on this forum. Discussion boards on National Geographic Online are intended to be appropriate for family members of all ages. Posting of indecent material is strictly prohibited. The placement of advertisements or solicitations is also prohibited. National Geographic Online shall review information placed on this forum from time to time and delete inappropriate material that comes to its attention as soon as it is practicable, but cannot guarantee that such material will not be found on the forum. By posting material on this discussion board you agree to adhere to this policy prohibiting indecent, offensive, or advertising material, and to legally assume full and sole responsibility for your posting.

Read the Essay Enter the Forum

Magazine Menu | Highlights | Match Wits | Membership | Forum | Archive