GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 93
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Even though globalisation affects the world’s economies in a very positive way, its negative side should not be forgotten.
How far do you agree with it?
What negative sides globalisation has?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Model Answer: [Agreement]
Globalisation exerts effort to improve the global economy and bring nations together. However, like many other things, it has both advantages and disadvantages. I believe that the downsides of globalisation should not be downplayed.
Undeniably, globalisation has taken the centre stage in the success of the world’s economy and it plays a pivotal role in contributing to sustainable prosperity for all. Both developing and developed countries can reap the benefits of globalisation. For instance, developed countries outsource production and services to developing economies. In consequence, it opens up plenty of employment opportunities, and new businesses create higher-paying jobs that give millions of people a far higher standard of living. And consumers in developed countries can also purchase goods and services at a fair price.
But, globalisation also has ominous disadvantages. One obvious disadvantage is global warming which threatens our existence on the blue planet we call ‘home’. Globalization has caused massive increase in industrial activities and motorised transportation and thereby increasing the burning of fossil fuels and the emission of greenhouse gases. Besides, due to globalisation, people’s lifestyle has become less healthy. With globalisation, people have entered into a cut-throat competitive era and this has made people work long hours and choose a sedentary lifestyle. Consequently, several health problems, like obesity, heart disease, for example, are becoming more prevailing than ever before. Last but not least, globalisation has caused cultural convergence, which in turn harms cultural divergence. In other words, it may lead to a loss of cultural identity for many nations.
To conclude, while globalization does have some benefits, it seems to me that we should be aware of its negative aspects so that we can reap the maximum benefit.