GP Tuition and Notes on Environment :

How does Environment affect politics?

This month, our topical limelight is focused on Environment where, we will inform readers on the pertinence of Environment in our lives and teach students how to develop constructive arguments in the regards of Environment. Students will learn, during this monthly issue, the nuances in the argumentative writing and understand how they can enhance their writing styles to better tackle the demanding GCE A Levels GP Paper.Read on below and explore the political perspectives underlying the topic of Environment.

Political Perspective

This article is the final segment of a 5-part series covering Environment. To ensure seamless reading,
you may wish to start from the first segment of ‘How is Environment important to us?’

To fully comprehend the underlying issues of the environment, there is a need for students to expand the scope of discussion to cover the political perspectives of the environment. Environmental issues have indeed caused disturbance in the political sphere as its effects are usually far-reaching and causes health concerns across countries situated in the same region. As a result, political tensions arise when countries point fingers and shift away from the blame of the environmental problems. Let us look through the issues underpinning political uneasiness and understand how environmental problems threaten to disrupt world peace and create political conflicts in the globe.

How do environmental problems threaten world peace?

Unbeknownst to most, environmental problems do threaten world peace as the vacuum of resources often create social and political tensions within social and political groups respectively. Especially in volatile regions with an ongoing political and social instability, environmental problems act as multipliers to the existing instabilities, jeopardising any attempts to create political peace. In some cases, this prompts for mass migration to other countries in order to escape the conflict-rife region. Consequently, political tension in the host country intensify as its citizens may not be inclined to the sudden influx of immigrants in their hometowns.

During the recent conflict in the African region as well as the regions surrounding it has evoke mass migration to Europe, as the people dream of better livability abroad. As political conflict run rife in the african plateau due to resource challenges, peace and security is threatened, forcing innocents out of their homes. However, the large influx of these migrants to Europe has created a political crisis as some european countries simply do not have sufficient resources to deal with problem. Such a massive overcrowding has resulted in political restlessness among the european citizens, causing uneasiness in security between the migrants and the citizens.

How do environmental issues create political conflicts?

Furthermore, environmental issues incur the possibility of political conflicts, especially that of resource owners and users. Large scale environmental issues such as drought and crop-failure undermine the supply of available resources namely food, water and energy, resulting an imbalance of supply and demand for resource. In more fragile states, such a polarity incentivises militia groups to take control of the resource supply in order to take profit at the expense of the resource users. In more developed regions, the bigger economic power would bully its way into gaining control of the resource and impose measures that often have negative spillover effects to other resource owners.

For example, in the Greater Mekong Subregion, the Mekong River has been an age-long resource conflict, with the countries in the upper-stream curtailing water resources at the expense of the countries in the lower-stream. China’s seven hydropower dams on the upper Mekong River has generated negative consequences for lower Mekong basin countries such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, causing loss in both ecology and economy. This has created political tensions between the lower basin countries and China as livelihoods and economic growth is deteriorated by the Chinese damming.

How else is Environment important to us?

Aside from the political perspectives, Environment can also be studied with the standpoints of an individual, society and economy. Such is a necessary requirement in our tutors’ opinion as it expands students’ scope of critical thinking and extends the breadth of discussion. This is part of an initiative under our GP Tuition Programme to promote effective academic thinking and shape causation techniques in essay-writing. Consequently, students will find the knowledge consolidated in these articles useful and further the effectiveness in their personal revision.


Understand the impact of Environmental issues from an individual’s viewpoint and see how daily habits and activities are affected as a result. Expect yourself to develop logical arguments as you attempt essay questions related to the Environment.

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In the wider social perspective, a society can also be affected significantly by the negative externalities of an environmental problem. Find out how this occurs and how you can construct a convincing argument to justify the severity of these problems in the modern society.

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Learn about the mutual relationship between the economy and environment and develop insights as to how a balance is achieved for sustainable economic growth. View our discussions online as we argue for the importance of both the economy and the environment.

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