Environmental protection is a practice of protecting individual, organizational or governmental levels for the benefit of the natural environment and or humans. Due to the pressures of population and technology, the biophysical environment is being degraded, sometimes permanently. This has been recognized and government has been placing restraints on activities that cause environmental degradation.
In view of the aforementioned, environmental protection is not a pepper-soup jamboree, neither is it a tool for propaganda or lip service enterprise, requiring a robust personal and political will to ensure the Habitability of the environment. Protection of the environment is needed due to various human activities.
Environmental protection is influenced by three interwoven factors, environmental legislation, and education. Each of these factors plays its part in local, state and national level environmental decision. This then calls for a tripartite spring of synergy, legislators for the purpose of legislation, the government in a broader perspective and the general populace. For environmental protection to become a reality, it is important for the fusion of legislation, ethics and education to be properly harnessed, thus informing and driving to derive a formidable environmental decision. Lest we forget, ethics is very important here.
As a major crux, environmentalism is an attempt to balance relations between humans and the various natural systems on which they depend in such a way that all the components are accorded a proper degree of respect. Therefore, the exact natures of this balance for proper environmental concerns are better expressed in practice.
In the words of RT. Hon. Allwell Asiforo Okere, Deputy Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly “environmental laws are same but the attitude and mindsets of individuals differ”. Deducing from this, it will be clearly seen that for us to have an environment of our dreams, all must become individualists. one’s environment therefore is a reflection of man’s state of mind, buttressed in the Latin maxim,”mensano compore sano” meaning literarily that a healthy mind is a healthy body.
Passing the whole bucks to agencies of government as regards environmental protection therefore becomes an infantile exercise. For example, those who evacuate human wastes and sewage in the drainage system, release harmful combustive chemicals, erecting buildings and shops on waterways, litter our drainages with pure water sachets thereby constituting monumental disrespect to our environment and leading to flooding are not government agencies. Lest we forget, our environment is us and we are our environment. The earlier we appreciate that the government is a living being and must be taken care of just like we take care of ourselves, we will criticize and blame ourselves more, and not always the government for every lapse or failure in our environment.
Let us remember that we are the government we criticize negatively, Education becomes very necessary here.
Finally, agencies responsible for the implementation of all legislation via environmental protection must justify the confidence reposed on them by doing at all times what is right. It is in public domain that huge funds are expended by government to ensure the habitability of our environment and the populace on their part must come to terms with the fact that just as nobody reminds anyone to thoroughly clean his anus after defecating, we need no one to remind us that we make our environment what we desire. We can if we want. Let us all do what is right.