COP26 and government policies won’t necessarily stop environmental degradation

COP26 and government policies aren’t  necessarily  going to stop environmental degradation instead focus should equally  be falling on individual  responsibilities and the activities  of businesses.  The activities  of these aren’t  necessarily  going to be directly influenced  by either the decisions  of COP26 or government  policies resulting from this conference.

Individuals and businesses both need to realise that they have responsibilities to the planet  and it’s  occupants. COP26  and government  policies will not lead directly  to change although it could be a step in the right direction but by itself it simply will not be enough. There are many obstacles in the way and I intend to outline  some of the obstacles and offer some meaningful solutions that should  be adopted and incorporated into business  strategies to ensure less environmental  pollution to the environment.

Firstly governments across the world  will need to tighten up their involvement with businesses, exerting  greater control on their activities to make sure that they are not exploitative or polluting and if so then they need greater powers to influence or curtail such activities. Also greater responsibilities  should be placed on supermarket and other retail outlets to bring them into line with a share of responsibilities for environmental impact of the products that they sell on. The problems  relating to this however would obviously  mean passing on extra costs for environmental  protection  on to the consumers obviously  making goods much more expensive and possibly unpopular. It is no excuse to just be  selling goods with such a liasez faire attitude to the environment regarding packaging. Again this is just a problem  being passed on from point of manufacture  to councils and governments.

Environmental  impact should be  considered firstly at point of manufacture  and then a strategy  should be out in place there which deals with the potential  environmental impact of such manufacture  and a strategy  put in place to deal with it with effective  recycling. This would be a much more considered system of manufacturing and retailing. This is not something  that COP26  can effectively  deal with: the activities  of individual  businesses and miniaturisation of the isdue. However  this is exactly  the detail that COP26  and any governments  involved need to do and consider. To not consider individual  responsibility  and responsibilities  of businesses, both manufacturing and retail would be to fundamentally  miss the whole point of environmentalism. It is unlikely  that COP26 is going to give much weight to these considerations. Overall COP26 appears to be a generalisation of the issues but potentially  it could achieve a binding commitment from international  governments to produce strategies and invest in technologies that could potentially  reduce greenhouse  gases and prevent a rise in global temperatures.

COP26 will not prevent us from being the victims  of our own stupidity

Unfortunately COP26 cannot really do much to curtail much of our stupid and misguided activities. Many of these activities  have roots in our socio economic  behaviour and basic needs to survive. This is the point when the good intentions  of environmentalism clash with the basic needs to survive or thrive in the modern world. The demands of the modern world to keep up and to succeed often conflict with the requirements to become more environmentally aware. Much of the socio economic world is based on competition for resources and the need to have a degree of control on resources to maintain a comfortable position for health and survival and even a successful  outcome. These values often oppose the needs and requirements  of environmentalism whose fundamental  aim is to preserve. So how can thee opposing forces balance themselves out. It certainly  cannot be done if left  to thd individual responsibilities. Could it be policed: yes it could be that would depend upon styles of governments  and the amount of resources  and manpower that they would be  willing to commit to such a task. We have previously  witnessed statements  from governments about rainforest deforestation indicating a commitment  to maintain rainforest in their  territories by disuading or banning slash  and burn land grabs. However in reality this has not stopped  this happening because it is almost an impossibility  to police effectively  without a massive investment. Often financial  assistance  given to such countries internationally isn’t  used for the purpose that it was intended and sometimes thee governments can be corrupt and misappropriate aid. All in all it’s  a big risk giving international  aid to unreliable governments anyway and you can never be entirely  sure what happens to the money given. Despite commitments from governments territorialy connected to the rainforest, slash and burn appropriation of land for cattle  farming continues. COP26  despite it’s  good intentions and broad-ranging agenda will not prevent us from becoming the victim’s of our own stupidity,  selfishness and shortsightedness. Until socioeconomic pressures on individuals to survive is addressed then their will always be pressures on the individual to abuse  and exploit the environment for their own ends in order to survive. In many countries throughout  the world this situation cannot  be adequately  policed and in many countries  there is also an overwhelming uneasiness and unwillingness  to do so anyway.

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