To illustrate this argument, I will examine several natural disasters (resulting from global warming) and environmental tragedies that have happened over the course of history. My Focus is on the extent of the effects of these disasters on the victims. Examples of these events include the chemical leak at the pesticide plant in Bhopal in 1984, and Hurricane Katrina, which tore through New Orleans in 2005. Secondly, I will examine the areas of the world that predicted to face the full wrath of global warming, and try to uncover why this is and the ultimate effect on the human population of these locations.
The relevance of this topic to the course ties to several topics discussed over the semester. The most relevant topics were “Body and Health,” as discussed by Michael Bell in An Invitation to Environmental Sociology and “Sustaining the Environment,” by Philip Sutton. In his chapter, Bell talks about the chemical plant leak that I will discuss, among many other environmental accidents. He discusses the idea of the “invironment,” (Bell 130) and how all environmental issues, including global warming, have negative implications on the lives of individuals. Sutton’s chapter on sustaining the environment explores how human actions contribute global warming. Sutton also explores the long term effects of unmitigated pollution (a human activity). Both of these chapters feature as guiding principles in this paper.
The first environmental incident to be considered is the chemical plant leak in India.