Mini Lesson: How To Develop Your IELTS Essay Body Paragraphs.

Lesson objective: How to develop your body paragraphs effectively

Pollution and other environmental damage is caused mainly by developing countries which helps them become richer.

To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

The continued damage to the environment caused by developing nations aids them in their quest to become richer. I completely agree with this point of view and shall outline my main reasons for this standpoint in the following paragraphs.

Firstly, a developing nation’s businesses prime concern is profit, which often means that they are unconcerned about the impact on the environment. Allied to this is the fact that the governments in question do not have very stringent regulations regarding conserving the environment and if they do they are rarely enforced. For instance, in the Philippines, ‘Transmex’ pharmaceutical company continues to release contaminated water directly into rivers and streams despite their being regulations forbidding this. Coincidentally, a well-known former prime minster is on their board of directors.

In contrast to this, fully developed countries do rigorously enforce environmentally friendly policies which are effective at forcing companies to limit their impact on the environment. This is the reason why many companies now have ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR) departments to deal with these issues and communicate how minimal their impact is on the environment to the public. For example, Nike inc. devotes $7million per year making sure that they abide by the appropriate laws and promoting this aspect of their business.

Overall, the lack of legislation in developing nations and the opposite situation in developing countries means that most pollution is caused by developing countries. Governments around the world should work together to enforce much tighter controls on how companies are allowed to act.

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Teaching Point: Following the topic sentence you can develop your body paragraph in two main ways. Provide more explanation supporting your main point, or provide an example to illustrate your main point. You can do these in any order so long as they are directly related to your topic sentence. You could even have two explanation sentences with, or without an example added.

Now, go back to the IELTS Writing Task 2 Essay main page here for more lessons.