As the world develops and the standards of living of individuals improve, the result is damage to the environment.  Globalization results in increased consumption and this takes a toll on the environment. As much as people would try to look for ways to control consumption and ways to minimise destruction, damage of the environment is almost inevitable. Improved standards of living usually mean that the use of technology is increased to make the lives of humans easier and better. This results to the draining of natural resources in the move to make their living conditions better (Nichols, 2010).

The impact development has on the environment can better be seen in countries that are developed. People who live in countries with the highest incomes use a lot of resources to sustain themselves and their lifestyles as compared to people who live in poorer countries (Herring & Sorrell, 2009). To improve the standards of living, people need employment and some of the employment opportunities come from Industrialization where factories come in place. The factories help create products that can make life better. However, in the process of production, there are dangerous emissions that leave the factories which affect the environment. Smoke emissions cause air pollution while other wastes from the factories can have effects on the environment. This results in the destruction of the environment in the long run.

In conclusion, as much as the human race works to improve standards of living, it is important to make sure that the environment is also preserved. This can be achieved by reducing destruction on the environment.  The environment can be protected by minimising waste which is destructive to the environment. To achieve this, more natural solutions should be incorporated in everyday life to reduce the impact of industrialization.