Sustainability First World vs. Third World

The two countries I chose to analyze were Cameroon and Poland. These two countries offer two different looks at sustainability when compared to the Netherlands. Cameroon is a country on the west coast of Africa underneath Nigeria. Using Cameroon allows for a comparison of the Netherlands, a first world country,  with a third world country and the effects this has on boths sustainability. The second country, Poland, offers a comparison with a similar country which puts the sustainability overall scores into perspective. Cameroon and Netherlands don’t share many similarities mostly in that Cameroon, being a third world country, doest have many strengths in the field of sustainability. Virtually all of the sustainability goals were in the red for Cameroon besides the responsible consumption and climate action. There are two similarities between Cameroon and Netherlands rating and both are negatives. The two nations both struggle with the no poverty as well as life on land. These along with poor life below water is a struggle that affected many of the countries listed on the website. It is a common weakness that doesn’t seem to be in check anywhere in the world right now. An interesting note is that the two strengths of Cameroon are the two most negative things within the Netherlands. These two goals within the sustainable development list are commonly shared as a struggle between first world countries due to mass waste.

 The geographical similarity and closeness of Poland and Netherlands allowed for many similarities between the Sustainable Development Report. They both have generally high ranking overall with Netherlands being number 9 and Poland being number 23. A key point in the comparison between the two reports is that the no poverty and Sustainable land goals were the only sections that Poland excelled at when compared to Netherlands. Other than these goals Netherlands exceeded Poland in all other goals. The most interesting part about this comparison to me was the constants that would stay no matter the culture or history of the country. Poverty and life below water were two goals that were not satisfied by pretty much any country on the list. This is alarming due to the importance of the sea and its resources.

 I decided to dive deeper on the sustainability efforts of both the Netherlands and Cameroon and see how wealth affects a country’s response. With further research, the Marine Protection Atlas showed the amount of water off both countries’ coastline that is protected. Surprisingly both countries did not have any highly protected coastline with the Netherlands having only partial to no protection. Cameroon didn’t have any and has been struggling to invest in infrastructure let alone conversation. 


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