TheEnvironmental Impact Assessment of Car Culture and use of Plastics,and the Role of Environmental Movement
Theimportance of environment protection and conservation in thecontemporary society is indispensable. Indeed, this view is plausiblebecause the environment is considered a critical element ofsustainable development. For instance, the failure to check on theemissions of greenhouse gases will be accompanied by heightenedglobal warming, which would result in an adverse climate change,characterized by famine, diseases, and drought that subvert theefforts of sustainability. In light of this note, the contemporarysociety has been called to exercise consciousness in carrying out itsactivity to avoid harming the environment. This call, spearheaded byconcerned movement groups, comes at the backdrop of trending massiveforms of environmental pollution, which are argued to be affectingthe society in different ways. Despite these advocacies, the problemof environmental conservation associated with different types ofanthropogenic activities is still a challenge. This paper seeks toexplore the environment impact of car culture and plasticmanufacturing and use as examples of pollutant anthropogenicactivities, further questioning the significance of the role ofconservationist movement in supporting the environmental protection.
TheImpact of car Culture
Thecar consumerism has been one of the focal points of environmentconservation efforts. In particular, the automotive industry has beencited as one of the primary pollutants of the environment. Theresultant pollution can be conceived as resulting from threeprocesses: production and destruction, fuel consumption, and airemission.
Inone way, the processes of assembling cars are often accompanied bypollutant processes relating to the handling of materials such asplastics, rubber, steel, glass and paints. The effect of suchmaterials on the environment does not stop there — the end of carlife cycle often marks another cycle of environmental pollution. Thebatteries, acids, and plastics get their way into the environment.However, in consideration of the environmental impacts such processestriggers on the environment, the manufacturers have been adoptingsome measures to reduce the junkyard. About 75 percent of the averagecar parts can be recycled once it reaches its end lifecycle. However,the fact that an overwhelming number of people buying cars producesthe effects that subvert the essence of the environmental conscioussteps the manufacturers are adopting. The costs of producing,recycling, and disposing of the car wastes cannot be easilyquantified.
Nevertheless,the fuel use and emission accounts for a significant part ofautomobile environmental effects, account for well over 90 percent ofthe processes. The cars derive power from petroleum products, whoseextraction and refining and burning processes are particularlyharmful on the environment. The growing popularity of car culture isincreasing oil demand, and escalating pollutions. The automobileindustry is responsible for the production of as significant as 33percent of the of the air emissions, including carbon monoxide,carbon dioxide and smog, among other gases, which are not onlyharming the environment, but also human health.
TheImpact of plastics
Apartfrom automobile culture, the effects of the plastics on theenvironment are also significant. The ability to for plastics to harmthe environment follows from the toxic chemicals involved in theirmanufacturing and the increased use within the society. Since the1940s, when their mass production started, plastic production and usehas become a pivotal part of the livelihood of the contemporarysociety and has been increasing each year. There are still ragingconcerns that the chemical involved in assembling the plastics isversatile and harmful to the environment and human health indifferent ways. For example, chemicals that are often added toplastic may be absorbed by the human body. The plastic wastesdeposited on land get their way into the water masses, where they areingested by the marine organisms. Some floating plastic wastes maytake long to decompose, making them to be disruptive to ecosystemconditions (Steinberg66).The growing reliance and use of plastics essentially imply that theresultant harmful effects of environmental pollution are escalating.
TheRole of Environmental Conservation Movement
Theadvocacies for environmental conservation did not begin now — theytrace to the 1960s, having been orchestrated by the concerns that therapid industrialization and urbanization was having far-reachingconsequences on the environment, translating to poor human health andfuture economic sustainability. The movements demanded reforms thatwould reflect consciousness in social and economic activities.
Despitethe fact that there is still a lot that needs to be done to supportenvironmental sustainability, these environmental conservationistmovements have had a significant impact on the processes. The legalreform is perhaps one of the notable contributions of thesemovements. Different laws have been developed to limit environmentalpollution, which different companies must now observe. Anothercontribution of these movements is raising awareness amongcommunities on the adverse effects of environmental pollution and theneed to protect the environment. Currently, the society is doing inwell in heeding to the advocacies and laws. For instance, themanufacturers are now focused on producing products that have minimalimpacts on the environment, and consumers are also making rationalchoices in buying products reflect consciousness for environmentalprotection (Steinberg66).The movements are not only engaged in pushing for the reforms, butalso in policymaking to improve the environment.
Basedon these contributions, it can be inferred that the role of theenvironmental conservation movements on protecting the environmentagainst pollution cannot be overemphasized. To a large degree, theorigin of the environmental activism in the 1960s, only served as ameans for continued engagement.
Inconclusion, this paper has sought to explore the environment impactof car culture and plastic manufacturing and use as examples ofpollutant anthropogenic activities and has further evaluated thesignificance of the role of conservationist movements in supportingthe conservation efforts. It has been noted that the car consumerismhas been one of the focal points of environment conservation efforts.The resultant pollution can be conceived as resulting from threeprocesses: production and destruction, fuel consumption, and airemission.
Apartfrom automobile culture, the effects of the plastics on theenvironment are also significant. The ability to for plastics to harmthe environment follows from the toxic chemicals involved in theirmanufacturing and the increased use within the society.
Despitethe environmental concerns, car culture and plastic continue posingas a serious environmental concern. Despitethe fact that there is still a lot that needs to be done to supportenvironmental sustainability, these environment conservationistmovements have had a significant impact on the processes. Therefore,the early movements served as a means for continued engagement. Thesemovements are expected to continue playing a critical role inenvironmental conservation efforts.
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