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Globalization and Ideal Landscapes Globalization is a broad term that has several meanings to different factions culturalGroups and nations For our purposes globalization refers to the loss of time and space through the rapid development of technologies It also refers to a world in which all nations and peoples are directly or indirectly connected through the international economy and world politics This rapid trend toward a globalized world has seen supporters from both the first world financial sectors and the mass producing agricultural sector Its main detractors have been environmentalists and the indigenous peoples who are adversely affected by the encroaching nature of globalism Environmentalists have pointed to environmental degradation and the loss of valuable and naturally sustainable landscapes as the main argument against globalization However champions for continued globalization insist that growing populations and the desire to live the comfortable first world lifestyle force economies and people to expand into landscapes that have historically remained diverse safe and sustainable The difficult task facing the human race in the next century will be finding the delicate balance that must exist between continued population and economic growth and the protection and preservation of natural and ideal landscapesThe global era involves the mass production and consumption of consumer goods and commercial services This New World also has to have elaborate and extensive means of distribution to support the flow of goods and services across great distances Modern advancements in telecommunications aerospace satellite and computer technologies have all greatly facilitated the movement of goods services information and ideas in minute amount of time The disappearance of time and spatial limitations is the nature of the globalized world we live in today World economies are the probably the greatest contributing factor to the destruction of ideal landscapes Historically economies have been the main cause of landscape modification European colonization and the drive to find raw materials and new markets led to massive landscape makeovers
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