Scientists and the news media are presenting ever more evidence of climate change. Governmnets cannot be expected to solve this problem. It is the responsibility of individuals to change their lifestyle to prevent further damage.
What are your views?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own
knowledge or experience.
[shc_shortcode class=”shc_mybox”]Scientists and the news media Recently scientists worried about climate change have urged governments to introduce
measures to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are seen as its main cause.
Simoultaneouslty, politicians and environmentalists have urged individuals to make
changes to their lifestyle. I shall argue that governments and individuals should take
join responsibility for this problem.
Firstly, industry accounts for a large proportion of the greenhouse gas emissions, and
this can only be controlled by government action. Measures could be taken to
discourage pollution, such as limiting or taxing the use of fossil fuels. Alternatively,
subsidies could be offered
to industries to clean up their production processes. If these ideas were adopted, I
believe that businesses would regard pollution as a financial issue.
Secondly, only discussion between governments can ensure that solutions are
successful. The Kyoto agreement, for example, tried to reach global agreement on
how to address the problem. Without such co-operating, it seems to me that efforts to
reduce fuel consumption are unlikely to be effective.
However, national and international policies will only secceed if individuals also change
their lifestyle. For example, people could think more carefully about how they use energy
in their homes. By using less electricity, installing energy- efficient light bulbs and
appliances, or investing in solar panels, individuals can make a real difference.
In addition, I think individual attitudes to transport need to change. Instead of
making short tips by car, people could choose to walk, cycle, or take a bus. Since cars
are a major source of the problem, changing our behaviour in this area would have a
In conclusion, I would maintain that only a combination of international agreement,
national policies, and changes in individual behaviour will succeed in preventing
further damage to the environment.