do you agree or disagree with the following statement ? the way we live our life will have a negative impact on future generations

The current capitalistic lifestyle that is predominant around the world is sure to be destructive for the future because this kind of lifestyle produces a lot of pollution, including increased carbon dioxide release and plastic waste, that can permanently damage the earth, leaving the future with much fewer resources. However, this lifestyle supports our basic needs. Food and clothing are two such basic needs that we require to live our lives. In the subsequent essay, I will explain how there is a negative impact caused by the process by which we meet our needs for food and clothes. To begin with, food is an essential part of survival and humans consume a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods. Where does one source such a varied diet? To meet the increasing food supply, economic developments through globalization have brought plants and meats grown all around the world, right into our dining plates. For example, I live in India where rice and wheat are the staple grains grown in my country. However, there is increased popularity for quinoa, a grain grown in South America and Mexico. Although quinoa might add fiber to our diets and make us more healthy, there is a rise in pollution levels from exporting it all the way across the world. Pollution caused by such transportation is extremely damaging just to meet our immediate needs for a varied diet. Secondly, the clothing industry has also had a boom in production due to globalization. International brands such as H&M and Mark and Spencers are now available in my home country of India. These brands were in the news for being fast-fashion brands that mass-produce clothes with less quality so that people will frequently buy from their collections. Such excessive buying leads to a huge waste of clothes that find their way into landfills. Further, their solution to use recycled plastic as a way of saving the environment also seems counterproductive. In my personal experience, I fell for this gimmick but quickly realized that the quality of these products remained cheap and it was worse to throw away plastic. Hence, even if improvements to the clothing culture can be made by these companies in the industry, an end-to-end solution to be environmentally friendly must be a priority rather than profit. To conclude, Pollution to the air from transportation can leave future generations with an unlivable atmosphere with high levels of carbon dioxide. Also, more landfills created today mean lesser land in the future for production needs. Therefore, for these reasons, I agree with the statement that our way of life negatively impacts future generations.
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