WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY?
Environmental policy is defined as any measure set by a government, corporation, or other public or private organization regarding the effects of human activities on the environment. These measures are particularly designed to prevent or reduce the harmful effects of human activities on ecosystems and the environment.
WHY IS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY IMPORTANT?
Environmental policies are critical and significantly needed because environmental values are rarely considered in organizational decision-making.
For example, polluters do not usually bear the consequences of their actions because the negative impacts often occur elsewhere or in the future. As a result, continuous self-interested behavior will lead to the depletion of our shared limited resources.
Because incentives for individuals to use the commons sustainably are weak, our government has a role in protecting the commons through the enactment of environmental policies.
What is the AIM of environmental policies?
Environmental policies tackle issues that include (but are not limited to):
● Air and water pollution.
● Waste management.
● Ecosystem management.
● Biodiversity protection.
● Protection of natural resources, wildlife, and endangered species.
● Natural resource conservation.
Without environmental regulations, our planet will degrade to a point where it is no longer habitable. Our government must urgently focus significant attention and funding on implementing and upholding environmental policies that will conserve the environment. We only have one Earth - and we must act now and do our best to preserve it for future generations.
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