Throughout the years, the rapidly evolving world we live in is developing so much in the area of science and technology. This is evident in the number of industries, factories, and mega companies being established today. Having said that, unfortunately, environmental science and the art of being environmentally friendly seems to be having difficulty in catching up to today’s fast-paced trends. We are destroying the environment much faster than we are repairing and restoring it.
The effects of environmental degradation ever since the Industrial Revolution has a detrimental impact on our planet. The deterioration of the environment and Mother Nature manifests itself in the form of global warming, climate change, intense weather disturbances, and catastrophic storms. If we don’t act and do something about such issue, many lives are still going to be lost, and many properties are continually going to be devastated by the harsh effects of environmental problems.
Having established the importance of protecting the environment, here’s a rundown of four things to know about the environment you live in:
1. Laws governing the control of industries and local residents
How friendly is your local government to the environment and how much is it interested in protecting and preserving nature? You should know about the laws governing many aspects of the environment such as recycling, reusing of used materials, solid waste management, proper garbage disposal, toxic fumes management and the like. Knowing the laws is one thing, but obeying them is another. You should really see to it that you are following and complying with the standards set by the law, and do your best to encourage others to also follow the said laws. As far as the environment is concerned, mutual cooperation among society will work best if everyone does their part in making the world a better place to live in.
2. Options on sustainability
Another thing to consider is how sustainable your town or locality is with regards to green engineering. As much as possible, there should be provisions for alternative energy sources such as the option to shift to solar power, wind if the environment permits, biofuel, biogas, hydro, and a lot of others emerging in today’s era of modern technology. These alternative fuel sources reduce our carbon footprint, which is the primary culprit for global warming due to greenhouse gases. Another thing to consider is recyclability – how near are recycling facilities, and how capable are them to process materials being sent by the locals? Does transportation allow for recycling?
3. Present hazards and waste sources
You should take note of hazards and wastes brought upon by local industries such as nearby power plants and industrial factories. Keep an eye out if they are complying with proper waste disposal and waste treatment, and be ready to report to proper authorities if they are complacent or lenient with local environmental regulations.
4. Community response and awareness
At best, the task of protecting and preserving the environment becomes easier and more effective if everybody reaches out a helping hand. Your local community should be engaged in environmental programs such as clean-up drives and tree planting activities. Everybody should be intentional in dealing with environmental protection and preservation.
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