Personal Responsibility towards the Natural World

PersonalResponsibility towards the Natural World

PersonalResponsibility towards the Natural World

Contemporary trends in society have raised vast concerns with regardsto environment protection and conservation. Currently, socio-economicand political factors have had a great impact on the environment bothdirectly and indirectly. Societies have exploited available resourcesand to a large extent over-utilized natural resources, which has inturn resulted to environmental dysfunction and deterioration(Epstein, 2008). Global warming, adverse and extreme climatic changesand depletion of fundamental natural resources are among key evidentdetrimental results of poor environmental management. (Firchow, n.d)emphasizes on the importance of time and the relationship that existsbetween the past and the future. In essence, his supposition alsorefers to sustainability in light of environmental conservation.Often it has been assumed that environment protection is a mandate ofthe government and relevant organizational bodies. However, it isapparent that protection of a person’s immediate environment isbest attained from the subject person. To elaborate further, personalresponsibility is a core foundation to the realization of universalenvironment conservation. This study seeks to identify ways ofpersonal responsibility in environment protection and conservation.


Onethe core responsibility of the society towards the environment is tocontrol and eliminate pollution. Pollution involves introduction ofsomething harmful or hazardous. Environmental pollution is one of themajor challenges in contemporary world significantly associated withenvironmental degradation. Finding a solution to this problem isfundamentally critical (Ghimire, 2000). To this end, personalresponsibility towards the natural world should involve adoption ofhabits that not only prevent pollution but also eliminate itsoccurrence. In precise, it is important for people to provide trashfacilities that ensure effective collection and disposal of wastematerials. Additionally, individuals should take up the obligation toclean and clear their immediate environments. Overtime, small-scalemanagement of pollution would amount to a significant control of thesame, more so because immense pollution occurs gradually, as well.


Environmentpolicing is another core responsibility that individuals have towardsthe natural world. This concept entails the responsibility toconserve one’s immediate environment and more importantly take upthe responsibility to ensure that other people also protect andconserve their environs (Epstein, 2008). Training is one effectiveway of ensuring that the people attain awareness of the importance ofprotecting the environment. Furthermore, training equips people withways and mechanisms through which they can sustain environmentalwelfare. For instance, through sensitization people are able to adopthabits that are sustainable and also ensure that their neighbors alsoobserve the same. Environmental policing also involves training theyounger generation on sustainable behaviors and habits (Epstein,2008). Consequently, this instills consciousness towards environmentconservation from a tender age.

Anothermajor concept that applies to environmental policing is ethicalconsumerism. Ethical consumerism is a relevant form of personalresponsibility as it involves consumption of products that observemorality with regard to environmental conservation (Ghimire, 2000).To elaborate further, ethical consumerism involves purchase ofproducts that meet regulatory measures that have been imposed toprotect the environment. For instance, products that have beenmanufactured through environment-friendly technologies are marked toshow that they observe environmental regulations (Epstein, 2008).This initiative has a significant positive impact on environmentprotection since companies now observe environmental regulations andalso invest in sustainable production. Considering that industrialsectors are the top sources of pollution and natural resourcedepletion the initiative of ethical consumerism indeed plays arelevant role.

Sustainability/Sustainable Living

Sustainableliving basically involves adoption of habits that protect theenvironment not only in the present but also in the future. (Firchow,n.d) enlightens on the concept of time and the issue of time machine.Basically, is ideology is intended to show the relationship thatexists between the past and the present. In relation to the naturalworld, past events have a great impact on future occurrences. Inessence, natural resources exploitation, poor socio-economic andpolitical decisions and factors, and pollution have overtime led tocatastrophic effects on the environment. This impact is especiallymagnified in contemporary times. To this end (Firchow, n.d)emphasizes on the importance of sustainable living through theadoption of egalitarian socio-economic and political systems, inplace of capitalism. (Firchow, n.d) highlights the cause of theproblem facing society in relation to environmental conservation asthe adoption of production systems or industrialization that focuseson massive wealth creation at the expense of environmental welfareand maintenance. It is fundamental for people to identify means andways of protecting the natural world and resources so as to ensuresustainability both in the present, as well as, in the future.


Thenatural world and natural resources are to a great extent dependenton human nature and human activities. Human activities significantlydetermine the extent to which the environment is conserved ordestroyed. Poor adaptive mechanisms such as pollution,overexploitation of resources, and unsustainable living are among themain underlying causes of environmental degradation (Epstein, 2008).Furthermore, human nature associated with capitalism and awork-driven culture significantly lays emphasize on overexploitationwhich often lacks social policy and regulations that govern, controland regulate human activities (Ghimire, 2000). It becomes fundamentalfor people to adopt sustainable living and personal responsibility atthe individual level. Consequently, this culminates to a collectiveenvironmental conservation and protection initiative.


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