Public policy and community action are linked when it comes to environmental issues. Community members can actively protect the environment and take measures to be more sustainable. But, lawmakers and governments must pass environmental protection laws through public policy.
A group of concerned citizens working toward a goal is called a community action group. The group can have events, hold press conferences, and issue press releases to raise awareness for a cause. Los Angeles environmental organization Tree People started as a community action group.
Some politicians are against stricter environmental protection laws because they can cause American businesses to relocate elsewhere. Business closing can lead to unemployment and other economic issues in a community. The Kyoto Protocol is an environmental treaty created by the United Nations, which the United States did not sign.
A group of neighbors in Chicago saved a prairie from being turned into a transit station. When people ban together, community action can change public policy.
Credits: Public Policy and Green Collar Opportunities: Community Action
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The Clean Water and Clean Air Acts are federal laws that rely upon citizen participation for their successful implementation. This lesson chapter explains how model ordinances can be put into place to assist municipalities in becoming more sustainable, and the role that students, teachers and citizen activists can play in that process. This section explores how citizens’ willingness to pay, through state and local bond issues, for parks, public lands, water treatment plants, and mass transit improvements impacts the community.
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Copyright date: ©2009
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