What Objective(s), if Achieved, Will Help Solve the Problem and Most Benefit Your Community's or Country's Environment and Health?
Based on all the information you have about the environmental problem, determine the goals which in your view must be achieved to help solve the problem. Examples of goals are:
- Eliminating the problem's source, such as closure of a factory, denial of permission to construct a facility, a ban on certain substances, or a ban on the clear-cutting of trees.
- Placing limitations on the problem's source, such as more stringent permit conditions or restrictions on the source's location.
- Establishing areas of protection from further destruction, such as a nature reserve.
- Securing adoption or amendment of laws and regulations by the government that will protect you from the dangers created by the problem.
- Ensuring the government's proper implementation or enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.
- Increasing public education and awareness about the problem and its dangers.
No matter what goals you identify to help solve the problem, a basic recommendation is that you try to participate in and influence the process as early as possible. The further a project or decisionmaking process proceeds, the harder it is to influence or alter its outcome.
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