You will have 20 minutes to plan, write and revise an essay about the topic below. Your response will be judged on how well you develop a position, organize your ideas, present supporting details, and control the elements of standard written English. You should write 200-300 words.
Is it justifiable to hold corporations legally accountable for environmental damage caused by their activities? Why or why not?
In the past few years, people have become more aware of how corporations can affect the environment. Because of this, there has been more discussion about whether or not corporations should be held legally responsible for the damage they cause to the environment.
I think it is fair to hold corporations legally responsible for the damage they cause to the environment through their actions. This is because of a few things:
First of all, companies have a duty to make sure their actions don’t hurt the environment. By making them legally responsible for the damage they do to the environment, we can make sure they take this responsibility seriously.
Second, legal accountability can be a deterrent for companies that do things that hurt the environment. If corporations knew they would lose money if they hurt the environment, they might be more likely to invest in technologies and practices that are good for the environment.
Lastly, holding corporations legally responsible can help make things more fair and just. Damage to the environment can have big effects on local communities, especially those that are already in bad shape. We can help make sure that corporations are held responsible for any harm they cause if we hold them accountable for what they do.
There are, of course, also reasons why corporations shouldn’t have to pay for the damage they do to the environment. Some people say that it could slow down economic growth and innovation. But I think that these worries can be taken care of with careful rules and oversight.
In the end, it makes sense to hold corporations legally responsible for the damage they cause to the environment. By doing this, we can make sure they take their environmental responsibilities seriously, stop them from doing things that are bad for the environment, and promote fairness and justice.