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    Discuss the idea of sustainable development by discussing the social factors that brought about the collapse of the Easter Island Civilization. You are to compare these events to the on-going deforestation of the Amazon rain forest. Conclude your research by explaining what should be done to make sustainable development a reality. Include all references.

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    Only some 150 square miles in area Easter Island is a microcosm for the problems we face today. Its native inhabitants arrived in the fifth century AD and quickly established a highly advanced culture of about 7000-15000 people. By the 18th century, the few remaining islanders lived in primitive conditions. The harsh conditions of they faced are indicated in oral traditions which focus on cannibalism. To severely insult an enemy one would say: "The flesh of your mother sticks between my teeth" (Diamond 2005:109).

    Little effort was required to raise crops on Easter island. This allowed for the development of a sophisticated social structure. Clans were led by chiefs and competed with each other. Among their competitions were the construction of ahus, or ceremonial areas with large statues. These immense statues required alarming amounts of resources to ...

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    This solution discusses how deforestation led to the decline of civilization on Easter Island and what we can do to avoid a similar fate for our future. References used are included.