Thursday, February 10, 2011

Check that others obey the law

(for the 9th of February)

Piton de la Fournaise Volcano, Reunion
Photograph by Philippe Bourseiller
National environmental agencies, burdened with protecting and restoring your country's environment, may fail to do so, at times out of negligence but sometimes due to lack of funding. Do not let your local authority put environmental concerns last on the list of budgetary priorities - human health and safety are at stake. Pay attention to your local council's policy decisions, and monitor the trend in funding for environmental programs.

Do not hesitate to approach a lobbying group, or to alert watchdogs or the media about a government body or a company if they do not comply with environmental legislation.
-from the book '365 Ways to Save the Earth', by Philippe Bourseiller

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