The Downside Of Industrialization

Much has been said about the downsides brought about by extreme industrialization in present time. These disadvantages can be seen and felt in different avenues of life such as in the environment, socio-cultural, health, moral and emotional well-being of men. The hazards brought by maximum industrialization should be examined closely as it affects the overall quality of living the modern days. Moreover, it affects not just the workers and those directly involved in the industries but everyone that lives in industrial areas.

One of the most visible negative effects of industrialization is in its impact in the environment. Previously agricultural lands were converted to industrial sites, changing the natural flora and fauna of the area. Natural resources are rapidly depleted as well to supply the increasing demands in manufacturing goods. We have also seen the increase in all kinds of pollution from water, air, land and noise pollution attributed by industrial activities. Large factories produce tons and tons of waste products per year that mostly contaminates bodies of water. Add up to these is the rising carbon emission of various industries that lead to an ever increasing temperature. There is also piling of wastes from crowded households in areas were industries flourish and noise pollution is an expected offshoot of a congested population.

But it is not just the environment that suffers from the adverse effects of industrial activities but also human health. As mentioned above, industrial areas are often populated to the point of crowding because one, people flock in these cities to find a living and two, services and goods are abundant in industrialized places. And when an area is heavily populated, you can expect the health of the people to deteriorate. .

There are many reasons to this. First, with congestion comes an increase likelihood of catching communicable diseases. Second, people in industrial cities are often overworked or are pressured at work and this results to stress-related illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases.

Aside from environmental and health impacts of industrialization, social safety is also placed in jeopardy. Where high demand for labor is needed, even children are being put to work to sustain high productivity. The poor also falls easy victim of work-related exploitation because of their need to get a job. This leads to dissatisfaction among the workers which can also result to an increase in crime, isolation and emotional setbacks for them.

With industrialization also comes greed for money. People work their all their life to buy material things and sustain their never sufficing needs. The sense of satisfaction seems to get lost in a highly urbanized area since instant gratification of all sorts are always at hand. This money-worshiping attitude is one of the reasons of the moral decay in areas where there is high urbanity. Some people employed in a high-pressure workplace often loses the time for leisure which can also be detrimental to health.
For these reasons, people living in highly industrialized areas should be warned as they are facing more challenges than people living in the rural. Also, safeguards should be put in place in order to ensure that the environment is protected, health risks are identified, intervened and mitigated, social justice is observed in work areas and people are constantly reminded of humane values. For without these, people living in industrial areas are likely to be negatively affected.


Author: Blake Beach