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Progress normally means improvement, that is, a movement towards something better than what is. It is undoubted that progress does make living easier for mankind. It is also undoubted that we have to pay a price for progress. Thus progress has its benefits as well as its undesirable companion, harm.

Progress for us has to be paid with a terrible price. The price of this is the loss of the hills and forests, and together with it the natural habitat of the flora and fauna that cannot say anything in protest. So a benefit for human beings results in harm to the natural environment. Which is more important, human benefit or natural preservation ? I really cannot answer that.

This trend of progress whereby it is beneficial to man and harmful to the environment is evident everywhere. The likelihood is that this trend will continue and probably get more intense. Look anywhere in the world where man has chosen to make progress and the evidence of environment destruction is plain to see.

For instance, the construction of super highways is definitely necessary for the old system of roads simply cannot cope with the number of vehicles using them. These highways are of great benefit and convenience to human beings. To the environment, however, the highways are like great dividing lines that cut the land into many sections. No animal, and for that matter, human being, is allowed to cross from one side of the road to the other. In other words, physical contact between both sides of the road is restricted. An animal cannot go from one side to the other without the risk of being run over. Carcasses of such creatures can be seen daily on these highways. These dumb creatures do not know any traffic rule. So they get killed needlessly.

So the factories and other human constructions continue to eat into the natural environment. If the day comes when we have exhausted our natural resources, then the Earth would not be able sustain us anymore. Our progress, which made things better for us, would have eventually destroyed us.

 
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Progress is a movement towards something better than what is. It has its benefits as well as harm. For us progress has to be paid for with a terrible price. The price is the loss of the hills and forest, the natural habitat of the flora and fauna. A benefit for human beings result sin harm to the natural environment. For instance, super highways are of great benefit to human beings. However, these highways divide up the land. A dumb animal can get killed trying to cross from one side to the other. If we exhaust our natural resources, then the Earth would no longer be able to sustain us. Our progress would have eventually destroyed us. (117 words)
     
flora and fauna   The flora and fauna of a place are its plants and animals
     
intense   extreme and forceful
     
eat into   to destroy gradually
 
 

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