When I think of clean and waste free. The first place that pops in my mind is Perth. To be honest, I’ve actually been there twice.. why twice? Simply because I like it a lot, but in particular is it a very clean and what seem to be a waste free city.
In fact, I’d like the rest of the world to follow suit. So much so that I’ve made this post about environmental law (in general) to promote the awareness of protecting our beloved environment. Although this post is somewhat generic, the laws discussed applies to most jurisdictions across the globe. Before I dive straight into talking about environmental law, I’d like to say thank you for a skip hire company in Perth for providing most of the information on this page for our use.
In the attempt to preserve, conserve and protect the earth, humans come up with environmental laws regulated by different agencies around the world. In the USA, it is the Environmental Protection Agency that is in charge of creating regulations necessary in implementing environmental laws.
It is a combination of state, federal and international laws that aim to address the issues surrounding the natural resources. Most often, it relates to various types of pollution, depletion of coal and oil, greenhouse gasses emission and global warming.
Different Laws to Follow
In general, there are two categories of environmental law, pollution control, and conservation of resources. These treaties usually pertain to matters like banning of prohibited materials, preventing the hunting of endangered species and the likes.
- Air Quality laws help regulate the emission of air pollutants and protect the quality of indoor air. Such laws were specifically designed to protect our health through reduction or elimination of airborne pollutants, limiting the chemicals that are harmful to the ozone layer and creating programs to resolve the problem with acid rain.
- Water quality laws include various regulations such as prohibiting the release of water pollutants, restrictions on alteration of physical, chemical and biological characteristics of water and protecting the aquatic ecosystems. The core areas are sewage treatment and disposal and waste water management.
Conservation of Resources
Apparently, there are plenty of laws that aim to conserve the earth’s natural resources. We are not allowed to hunt or kills endangered animals or fishes. It manifests in our Clean Air Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Clean Water Act and more.
Unfortunately, violating most of these environmental laws was handled in a civil way. The violators need to pay fines and civil damages. As of today, there is an ongoing trend where the state laws intended to criminalize environmental laws for a severe sanction.
Other Areas Concerning Environmental Law
Aside from the laws mentioned, it also affects product design, the use of energy-efficient devices, using environmental-friendly materials and emission control. All these rules should be strictly followed by individuals, private companies, and industries.
From using housing codes upon house construction, implementing waste management, using a fuel-efficient vehicle, to not dumping our trash anywhere, each of us is required to follow these laws as our contribution to humankind’s efforts for the earth. These laws are everywhere and nearly affects the different aspects of life.