Scherr sj 1999 poverty environment interactions in agriculture key factors and policy implications paper 3 in united nations development program and european community poverty and environment initiative new york undp. In my viewpoint it is very important for everyone to recognize that poverty and environmental issues are interrelated poverty among people puts stress on the environment whereas environmental problems cause severe suffering to the poor people whether they be rich or poor consume water food and natural resources in order to remain alive. How poverty impacts the environment natural resources are being depleted clean air is growing scarce climates are shifting and entire ecosystems are being affected it doesnt take long to look around the world and see the ways in which the environment is changing. This part of the globalissuesorg web site looks at the relationship between poverty and the environment which are related issues the causes of each are often similar and thus these issues need to be understood together. Poverty and environmental change at the macro scale in order to understand the scale of the poverty environment problem it is impor tant to first consider some cross country indicators of poverty and environmental change table 11 these data indicate that poor countries are much more dependent on natural resources as assets than rich countries
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