Curious investigations... bringing the spotlight to environmental misbehaviour!
by Helen Steiger
What's Going On Here?
What with all of the current Covid- 19 media coverage, world leaders and other politicians have been behaving verrryy sneakily, removing or avoiding important environmental legislation...
What Does This Mean?
Last week, it was announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (an independent executive agency of the government) will not enforce any environmental protection measures as of 26th March. This announcement means that even the most basic of environmental laws (for example the Clean Air and Water Acts that ensure the air we breathe and water we drink is safe and clean), do not need to be adhered to. This ruling has no end date….
In the EU, the new ‘Green Deal’ that was proposed earlier this year has been suspended, with projections and economic forecasting needing to be re-modelled to include the impact of the current pandemic. Politicians from Poland and Czech Republic have since stated that, given the current events, the scheme should be abandoned completely.
Why Should We Care?
Environmental legislation protects humans and nature in the short AND long term, ensuring we, and the environment we live in, is safe, healthy and full of life. It is vital that we hold politicians to account when obligations concerning climate change and environmental degradation are not followed through! There is an opportunity with the current pandemic to create a better, more sustainable future, but in order for that to even begin to be realised, we must ensure that current standards are upheld.
These events also teach us the importance of keeping a close eye on other events besides the pandemic at this time.
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