This week, you read about policies designed to protect the environment. Some policies have been promoted or supported globally through joint efforts of intergovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization. More than ever before, nations around the world have begun to enforce legislation related to environmental protections. The United States government has a long history of implementing key environmental policies for the benefit of its citizens and future generations. Some examples include:
- Endangered Species Act (1973)
Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
Select and review one government environmental policy referenced in Chapter 16 of your textbook. Discuss the impact of the policy on you and your community, including the following questions:
- How has the policy contributed to sustainability in your community?
- How has the policy improved living conditions for people in your community? Consider biodiversity, economics, agriculture, health, etc.
- In what ways is resource consumption reduced or stabilized as a result of the policy?
- How does the policy promote stewardship of resources now and for future generations?
.Reply to at least 2 of your classmates. Be constructive and professional in your responses.
The government policy I chose is the Clean Water Act (1972). Having clean water, not only in my area but in the world is crucial for human survival. Itâ€™s much easier to survive with minimal food than it is without clean water, especially for drinking, bathing and cooking. The Clean Water Act has contributed to sustainability in my community in many ways. There are beaches and lakes that can be used for pleasure. The drinking water in my area is safer than it used to be years ago. There are more ways the EPA can monitor pollutants and from what sources; this would continue to protect our water sources from negligence. In my opinion, The Clean Water Act has helped our local economy and living conditions in many ways. There are now other programs that have been implemented because of this policy, which in turn creates more jobs. The California State Water Resources Board is an example of this. The organizationâ€™s website has a large source of useful information about the water quality, to include many programs; specific to the areas we live in. The access to clean water has fortunately stabilized since decades ago and is plentiful where I live. There are many lakes around where I live that people use for fishing and/or swimming; this wouldnâ€™t be possible without this policy. To be able to have clean water for a variety of things is not to be taken lightly. There are many people in other parts of the world that donâ€™t know what itâ€™s like to have clean water. The Clean Water Act itself establishes what the rules are and to what standards everyone needs to adhere to; businesses, factories and farmlands are more accountable for their actions because of this.
One U.S. government environmental legislation that has impacted my community is The Clean Act of 1970; this act was the catalyst for Baltimore to enact their own Clean Air Act on February 11, 2019. The Clean Air Act of the 1970’s was geared to regulate air emissions both stationary and mobile. This includes factories and manufacturers as well as cars and trucks. EPA created the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to protect public and community health and public welfare and to regulate emissions of dangerous toxins and air pollutants. To add specific targets of the National Clean Air Act, the Baltimore Clean Air Act was approved by City Council on February 11, 2019 and Mayor Pugh adopted as law on March 7th, 2019. The law will force the cityâ€™s two large waste incinerators to protect air pollution standards or (more likely) close down. This includes the cityâ€™s largest air polluter, the 2,250 ton/day Wheelabrator trash incinerator, as well as the nationâ€™s largest medical waste incinerator, Curtis Bay Medical Waste incinerator which accepts medical waste from about 20 states plus Canada.
The Baltimore sustainability act was created in 2019. All of these are to drastically remove these pollutants from the atmosphere and to prevent the ingestion of these pollutants and to protect human health.
Teaching the community to know where their food comes from will enable the community to make better choices, understanding the gases that those foods go through when processing. In addition, buying from local farms reduces the transmission emissions which actually makes up 11% of the air pollutants.