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Environmental Deficit -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Auerbach, Michael P.;

2009 / EBSCO


The concept of the environmental deficit is not dissimilar from other sociological and economic concepts of deficits: one side draws a disproportionate share of the benefits from what is ideally considered a symbiotic bilateral relationship. Put simply, the environmental deficit is a concept that refers to the relationship between society and the natural environment, suggesting that the former pursues short-term benefits from the latter but in fact creating long-term negative consequences. This paper will explore the concept of the environmental deficit, taking an in-depth look at the relationship between modern humanity and the natural resources it requires for prosperity. The reader will glean a better understanding of the need for equilibrium between industrialization and sustainable natural resource management.