When you think about the power that a law can have, it can be pretty impressive to consider. Sure, the majority of people have their own morals and personal ethics that keep them from committing any very serious crimes, but having a law for everyone to abide by makes society much more functional. Every person’s interpretation of morals and ethics is different. But if there is a clear law set in place, then expectations for all are clear. A law can be a powerful force, with the ability to get an entire society on board.
The different types of law you might encounter
For the average citizen, the most you might see of the law is an occasional police car passing on the road. Of course, there are everyday laws that you abide by without even giving much thought to, like stopping for a red light or paying for your groceries. There are different types and levels of law, however, so some people become more familiar with different areas than others might. For example, a married couple choosing to go their separate ways will likely involve lawyers to help negotiate the separation.
Mediation services are often necessary in a divorce or in other situations where two parties are having trouble reaching an agreement. Contract disputes, intellectual property law breaches, and cases of employment discrimination are all examples of these situations. When the law steps in, solutions are often reached more amicably.
Shining a spotlight on environmental law
There are many people who are greatly disillusioned when it comes to the political and legal scene. There are indeed far too many cases of those in power or those with money using the legal system to their own advantage, while bringing further degrees of disadvantage to those who are not as well off. There are plenty of cases where the legal system has failed those it is supposed to protect and serve. As we attempt to come together to find change for a broken system, there needs to be a bigger focus on environmental law.
Perhaps there have been a few contract disputes or other attempts to grab the attention of those harming the environment here and there. But for true change to take place, for us to really be able to turn the tide and save the planet, there need to be much stricter laws regarding waste and pollution. Everyone needs to be responsible, from the sole citizen to the largest corporation.
Why our relationship with the planet must change
It is going to take more than a few contract disputes or angry protest signs for true environmental change and preservation to come. Most people can agree that pollution is bad. Few people want to take any actual steps to reduce the emissions that they are contributing to the air with their driving habits. Many people know that it is not a good practice to litter. But nobody wants to hear about the overflowing landfills that they are contributing to by not making conscious decisions about the waste that they contribute with the weekly emptying of their own trash can. From air and water quality to physical waste, there is so much that every single person could be doing to make the entire planet better.
Creating laws to help enforce important actions that are more environmentally friendly may seem at first inconvenient, but will ultimately be saving the world.