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Consumerism is killing the environment

Salem Aldhaheri
Prof. Filbeck
English 113A
April 22 2014

Consumerism can be defined as the promotion of consumers interest; this was done
through a film that communicated something to both the children and adults concerning the
environment. It can also be defined as the social and economic order and ideology that
encourages the acquisition of goods and services in greater amount. In the work of Thorsten
Veblen during the early 1899, there were a number of criticisms (Adler, par 4). Life could
have been better if only the messages are that conveyed in the Wall - E are taken into
consideration. Consumerism indeed affects the day to day expenditure of people and the
contribution of Wall - E films towards changing the way of life.
In todays world, many people have lost focus on what is important and this has been
caused by consumerism. The question is, why do people have to buy what they do not need?
This is a question that can have as many answers as possible; first, people are being
pushed into making such unimportant purchases because of influence from others. For
example, a person will decide to buy another mobile phone when he or she has another
mobile phone just because a friend had bought the same kind of phone. This was unnecessary,
but because of the influence he had no option than to buy. Despite all the warning by the film,
the world is not bothered what information the film conveys. (shah, par 4). The continuous
desire to develop new technologies has made it difficult for people to take seriously what the
film is warning us about. Humans become ignorant about the world and its environment, they

only think of what is next to them and not for the environment they are living in. Many have
asked themselves, what happens to waste after it is thrown away? For example, they thought
nothing of dropping empty soda cans here and there or putting cans of leftover paint right into
their trash cans. They bought and dumped more and more every year. Things that easily could
have been reused or recycled were tossed in the trash (Recycle city, par 4).
Consumerism has led to land, water and air pollution. Land pollution is brought by
dumping of plastics as earlier mentioned, soil erosion, forest fires, sewage, mining activities,
construction activities, industrialization and landslides. Most of the land pollutants brought
by sewage breakage and fires lead to air pollution mainly because of the toxic air that they
emit (Wooford par 4). Pollution also leads to drought in a number of ways; it leads to the
depletion of the ozone layer hence leading to global warming, Global warming influences the
amount of precipitation received in a particular area. When the amount of precipitation is low
there is low food production because agricultural production mostly depends on rainfall.
The question being asked now is who will fix it when it has been damaged and
rendered useless by wastes all over. For example, talking about Robots as being able to fix
the Earth was unrealistic and unreasonable considering the fact that man is the brain behind
the robots creation. It is also in the process of creating these robots that some pollutants
were formed, something that has made it difficult to comprehend why humans would want to
leave the earth for the non living thing such as the robots to fix the Earth, when they know it
is them to take that responsibility. It would be a miracle if man would wait for the roots to
take up the cleaning work. Yet humans know that robots are technologically controlled and
without the human they would not function.
The film consumerism is criticizing the blatant waste that is found on the earth and
termed pollution is the real antagonist of the film. And says that the kind of pollution on the
planet that has caused by man. WALL E focuses on land pollution, or the contamination of

the earths surface level by dumping waste and misusing soil; the kind of pollution only
people can cause. WALL-Es incredibly detailed animation shows a brown, desolate Earth
with a skyline of compressed trash and a mountain of loose litter The film conveys a message
that humans have failed to take responsibility to ensure that the environment in which they
are living is clean and friendly. By friendly I mean, an environment that is dirt free and one
thats comfortable to live in. The movie conveys a message to man, to take responsibility
rather than just watch the environment gets contaminated .To explain further, a polluted
environment is harmful to human beings because it causes a number of diseases that may lead
to deaths, thus reduced the number of mankind on earth.
There are number dangers that these films are trying to warn us about. First and for
most, the film is bringing to our attention the importance taking care of what were freely
given and that is the earth and everything that is in it. And this includes the making sure that
as humans we take responsibility of ensuring that is it not polluted by any form of wastes,
such as chemicals, plastics and other inorganic wastes. Over exploitation leading to depletion
of natural resources should be added in order to promote creation of ecologically balanced
habitats for our living and survival. Human responsibility to the conservation of the
environment should be a daily routine and discipline to every individual as they should
respect all environmental compositions of living things inclusion of both plant and animals.
It is the high time that human beings should realize that their actions and practices are the
key causes of the problems they are undergoing through. Cancerous tumors could not grow
deeper in their skins which have led to deaths of many due to their practice of cutting down
of trees which leads to poor consumption of carbon (IV) dioxide hence depletion of the ozone
layer which allows UV lights to pass through into the universe and upon contact with the
human skin promotes growth of such cancerous tumors.

Secondly, the film is sending a strong message that waste could cause diseases to both
man and animals. The process will be expensive in terms of the amount of money that will be
spent, the amount of time that will be wasted, the energy that will be used to ensure that the
condition return to normal.
The film, which has been made to appeal to both the children and adults, also warns
of the dangers of over consumption, mindless consumerism, cultural conformity,
environmental carelessness and laziness. Its a social agenda that is actually pretty admirable
especially for young children. Just like the positive values affirmed through the movies
main story, the social message that underlies the movie is an important one.
In conclusion, the film has been very instrumental posing a challenge to the human
beings that they are reason behind their suffering. All the environmental such as draughts and
health problems result from their practices. Therefore, it is the high time that they should
make a decisive step towards conserving their environment. Additionally, the film poses a
caution to human beings on coming unconducive and unbearable environmental conditions if
they wouldnt take another direction of observing their practices around the environment in
the coming near future especially now that we are in an era of high industrialization. All
ready shortages of rains are being experienced in most parts of the world. Many people are
dying of hunger and loss of water. The only practical recommendation that the film leaves us
with is an option of make practical steps in conserving our environments. That is, by not
depositing our waste openly in our environments, abiding from cutting down of trees and
promoting the planting of more trees if one is cut down.

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