There are no longer enough natural resources to sustain current levels of economic growth. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Recently, a heated debate arose when some developed countries like Russia claimed that we are running out of some natural resources and this is the main reason of recent global recession. I believe, humans are always able to find a suitable substitute for resources, as we are clever enough to make a new way to deal with economic crises. With the advent of technology, humans have found alternative resources. In the past, gas and oil were the only source of energy, specifically in industries, while, nowadays many countries are using nuclear power as an alternative. Another example can be solar and wind energy. These types of energies which are considered as sustainable energy are widely used in many developed countries, like the USA even in industries. In fact, it does not mean that natural resources are endless. However, as it is obviously clear, there is always an alternative for current resources. On the other hand, there are many ways to deal with economic problems. There are several types of economic systems. Systems which are totally dependent on natural resources likeMiddle Eastern countries, and systems which are slightly independent likeTurkey. In fact, lack of natural resources can certainly effect on dependent countries, however, if they redesign their systems and try to use other types of resources, they can easily handle this issue. For example in Turkey, economy is dependent on tourism industry, so even if they run out of their natural resources, their economy would not face serious problem.
Estimated band score: 6.5
Word Count: 250
Examiner Comment: The candidate has presented relevant arguments in support of his/her opinion. The main ideas are elaborated well and explained coherently. However, there are some mistakes related to grammar and word choice. Paragraphing of the essay needs to be improved. Overall, the essay can be improved further.