Human Activity On The Natural Environment

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Environmental law is a term describing the network of treaties, statutes, regulations, and common laws addressing the effects of human activity on the natural environment. The government is responsible for enforcing these laws and making sure that the public is aware of the responsibility they have to ensure the safety of our environment. Throughout this paper, the topics regarding the “tragedy of the commons”, the sharing of resources, who should have access to these resources, and the government’s role in making these decisions is brought to light. Of the many issues in our world, I believe that environmental law is put in the dark. The reason why people do not look as closely at this as they do at gun control laws is simple…long-term effects. The public sees the effects of gun laws and equality in their community, but when it comes to recycling and using common resources in a reusable way they are blind to the topic. The “tragedy of the commons” is an economic problem where people will neglect the needs of other individuals and fight for their own personal gain. For example, imagine a huge pond with a lot of fish in it. Every fisherman has a regular fishing pole and they all average about the same catches per week. Then, a company designs a new, more advanced fishing pole. A few fisherman try it out and they end up catching double the amount of fish. Regardless of the fish declination in the pond and the impact it is having on other fisherman, they continue fishing with
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