The central government, the city government and individuals should all be responsible for protecting the environment.Do you agree or disagree?
I agree with the view that the central government, the local government and citizens all have responsibility for environmental protection. But I think that they should bear the burden according to their own sphere of operation.
The central government can make and enforce environmental laws. It can also carry out environmental improvement projects of national scale because they are projects that only the central government has the authority and resources to carry out. The central government also has public media resources to mobilise public opinions if its environmental projects need public support.
Municipalities also have their roles to play because of their cities and their authority to grant construction permission and build waste disposal and sewage treatment facilities. Local governments also have control over local school districts, and are therefore able to set up environmental education programmes to increase students’ environmental awareness in primary and secondary schools.
Environmental protection also involves changes in citizens’ attitudes and lifestyles. They can choose public transport, cycling or walking over driving private cars to reduce carbon emissions. As consumers, individuals can select environmentally friendly products over less eco-friendly choices. Also, by giving up smoking, smokers can help themselves as well as other citizens to reduce the risk of respiratory diseases. Furthermore, it is always individuals who are in the best position to encourage and persuade other individuals to care for the environment.
In conclusion, I believe that the central government, local governments and individuals all have responsibility for protecting the environment. Only through wide-ranging and well-coordinated efforts at national, municipal and individual levels can environmental protection be truly successful.