GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 54
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people say that the main environmental problem of our time is the loss of particular species of plants and animals. Others say that there are more important environmental problems.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Many opine that critically endangered species of flora and fauna is the most pressing environmental problem of today, yet others believe that issues like waste disposal, air pollution, temperature rise and plastic pollution are more crucial. In the case, I think that climate change is the most disastrous environmental hurdle to overcome.
Many plants and animals have become nearly extinct because they have lost their habitat considerably. For instance, a rise in temperatures of the Arctic causes the sea ice to melt, which in turn destroys the habitat of polar bears. Besides, human activities like deforestation, hunting and poaching, also cause the extinction of many already endangered species. Therefore, we should protect wildlife habitats by decreasing greenhouse gas emission and creating natural reserves. But that’s not the worst form of environmental degradation in recent years.
In my opinion, global warming has the most drastic effect on the environment because of its terrible effects. Bit by bit, the temperature of our globe increases that results in a severe change in the climate. A good chunk of research involving global warming shows that the incremental rise in temperature, particularly pertaining to ocean, has increased the frequency and intensity of earthquake, volcanic eruption, typhoon, tornado, hurricane, tsunami, blizzard, to mention but a few. There are myriad examples of these natural calamities from the last two decades but the earthquake unleashed a savage tsunami affecting Japan in 2011 is a particularly remarkable example. If the climate keeps changing at this rate, a large portion of the world will become unhabitable both for human and other species.
To recapitulate, while many people claim that imperilled species have taken the centre stage in the environmental problems, all things considered, it seems reasonable to assume that global warming or climate change is the thorniest problem due to its frequency and destructive power.