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Environmentalism: Initiatives To Protect The Environment

The world is now seeing an unsustainable level of consumption that is destructive to the environment. Discourse on climate change, for example, has plagued the mainstream media wherein experts weigh in on the adverse and irreversible damage that human activities has caused on the environment. This is mainly due to things like car exhaust which aside from being dangerous to the environment, also end up often requiring aid from Beverly Hills car accident lawyers because of the more direct physical effect cars can have on humans. Temperatures have continued to rise at unprecedented levels, causing ice caps to melt and sea levels to rise. This has been identified as among the factors that have put to risk entire populations living in coastal areas. There are several more identified environmental changes, such as high levels of extinction in bio-diverse forests, an irreversible change in the world’s ecosystem, and other such incidents.

Many experts point to the unregulated business explorations, as well as the free market system, that continues to trigger the collapse of the environment at an alarming rate. The industrialization of many countries has created pollution in unprecedented and harmful levels; mining and logging concessions has led to the deforestation and destruction of thousands of hectares; and human production, consumption, and waste is severely interfering with the natural processes occurring in the environment. This has led to several initiatives from different sectors, particularly those pro-environment sections of society who have seen or experienced firsthand the chilling effects of the destruction of the environment.

What is Environmentalism?

Environmentalism is a movement that seeks to advocate against harmful human activities that affect nature. Proponents have long put forward suggestions and resolutions to reduce the damage that populations inflict on the environment — from political, economic, to social initiatives. Climate justice, for example, is a growing call of environmentalists who consider it preposterous for small, coastline nations to primarily suffer the effects of rising sea level when these nations have little contribution to the level of green house gases in the atmosphere.

This movement aims to promote mechanisms to protect the environment and wherever possible, start healing. The initiatives vary from small-time efforts to reduce the use of plastic, to changing and pressuring governments to adapt and follow international agreements limiting the level of green house gas emissions per country. The United Nations, for example, has institutionalized and ramped up its measures on protecting the environment by regularizing an Environment Programme in the United Nations, where conferences on climate change and other environmental issues are tackled between and among various stakeholders.

Recent developments agreed upon in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) is the commitment of countries to keep global temperature from rising above 2 degree Celsius. This includes the pursuance of certain efforts to meet the said target. Almost all countries are signatories to this convention, except Syria and most recently, the United States, which announced its withdrawal last June 2017.

Environmentalism also has different approaches. There is free market environmentalism which still puts emphasis on businesses and corporations to find means to promote the protection of the environment in the conduct of their respective businesses. These are the tenets of green capitalism which seeks to produce technology that are environment-friendly, compensating for the damages done by certain industries to the environment.

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Enviromental Organizations Fight The Fight

If for one second we think Americans do not care, millions of dollars are pouring into environmental organisations for legal battles that are fighting for our country’s forests, oceans, mountains, lakes, farmlands, and cities survival. The current president’s fight on American soil began the minute he took office. His plan to dismantle the EPA started by putting someone at the helm that does not believe in climate control changing rules and regulations on affecting all these things as well as the very air we breathe.

Forests and Parklands

Some of the top environmental organizations are challenging the reversal of some of the laws that protect our parks and forest lands. Natural parks climate order was reversed. This law required park stewards to plan and protect these lands based on scientific evidence in making decisions about the land. From effects of wildlife preservation to allowing pipe lines and other industries take parklands to giving the Park and Forest stewards the proper tools to carry out their jobs has all been put to the wayside under this administration.

Oceans and Lakes

There are at least 10 or environmental organizations fighting for the survival of Ocean and Lake wild life. Protections that have been revoked are protections on many fish and including the sea turtles. Off shore drilling protection has been dropped as well as the rule against toxic discharge into our waterways, these are laws/rules that protected our water, ecosystem and food supplies.

Mountains

Rules reversed pertaining to our glorious mountains are methane reporting, fracking and coal production pertaining to emissions allowed into our atmosphere. The national monument law that gives presidents the power to set aside land for protection is all but out the window. This affects our mountains because that will the freedom for strip mining operations, fracking (and all its byproducts) and public access to off road destruction that happens if the mountains are unregulated.

Farmlands

Years ago we finally banned potentially harmful pesticides in our country. This made it difficult, but we found better ways to farm that did not cause health issues to surrounding areas as well as the food supply chain. Well this administration has decided that the ban was senseless, the people most interested in this reversal was surprisingly were golf course owners, not the farmers. This is insane since most golf courses have some sort of water around them, man-made or natural. The seepage of chemicals into the groundwater could and has had lasting effect on the ecosystem, wildlife, people and communities.

Cities

The most profound reversal was the Inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions. This affects industry output but moreover on car and truck emissions released into the atmosphere. Anyone who has ever live in a large city probably has experienced Smog alerts or brown outs. People are advised to stay indoors as much as possible, but the present administration believes that this is a silly law.

Americans are in full support of the environmental organisations that are taking the government to court. They definitely have a huge challenge ahead of them, since the present administration does not believe any of the reversals implemented are a problem.