How Government Initiatives Promote Environmental Responsibility
Whilst many people can be stirred into action through persuasion, there are others who require a firm push through being forced to do or not to do something. Sometimes only the introduction and enforcement of legislation by governments can get individuals or businesses to change their ways.
The environment and overall environmental responsibility is a classic example of one of these issues. Whilst it was the case that many people voluntarily undertook initiatives such as recycling, actively reducing consumption and waste production, not to mention paying for environmental training like the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate or similar educational courses, many preferred to carry on as they always did. Although tremendous benefits to the environment were brought about by those who performed environmentally-friendly actions of their own volition, far greater steps forward have been achieved through introducing legislation which forces the population into certain actions.
Although governments dictating what people and businesses can and can't do is highly controversial and can cause many arguments and bitterness, there can be no denying that initiatives such as the mandatory segregation of rubbish into recyclable items and non-recyclable material, along with restrictions on emission amounts and/or toxicity levels have played a tremendous part in the protection and preservation of the environment for future generations, not to mention the health, safety and wellbeing of the current inhabitants of the planet.
These benefits for the environment come in a variety of different forms, whether it be a reduction in air pollution, keeping nearby watercourses clean and pure which is vital not only for the creatures living in it but also for animals (and people) who rely upon the water for drinking, or preserving habitats.
So whilst governments are frequently and vociferously criticised for what is seen as meddling or nannying the inhabitants of a country, the introduction of legislation often provides a benefit for society as a whole, even if it angers and prevents some people from doing something which they enjoy or which they find easier than having to comply with the introduced legislation. In the United Kingdom and European countries, whilst many may resent not being able to just chuck all their rubbish into a single bin bag or use traditional light bulbs rather than energy saving ones which many people complain about the level of light they provide, it is still the case that the benefits for the environment have been enormous, even if this will not be much consolation for those who do not particularly care about the environment.