Individuals can do nothing to improve the environment. Only governments and large companies can make a difference. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
The problems facing the environment have become big news. Serious problems such as melting ice-caps, the greenhouse effect and single-use plastic have become major issues over the last few decades. Some commentators believe people can help to solve these difficulties whereas others, point the finger at industry and the world authorities to take the lead in making the environment better.
Certainly, individuals do have a responsibility to make sure what they do and what they consume is sustainable. First of all, all citizens of the world should try to cut down on their use of single-use plastics. This waste is killing the planet to the extent that even at the micro-level plastic fragments are being found in the bodies of fish and other animals. For example, who can forget the recent image of a sea-turtle with a plastic straw stuck up its nose? Consequently, in the case of single-use plastic individuals have a responsibility to stop using this material.
On the other hand, for major issues such as the melting ice caps and the greenhouse effect, governments and large companies are, in my view, duty bound to protect our planet. For example, companies can attempt to become carbon negative in the future by changing the way they work. Furthermore, governments can pass legislation which forces both individuals and companies to change their behaviour in line with current green principles.
To conclude, I agree that individuals, governments and large companies should all work hand-in-hand to address the serious problems facing the world today in terms of improving the environment.
By Dr Rob Burton
point the finger at (one) (idiom) To indicate that one is guilty of (doing) something; to blame or accuse one of (doing) something.
She'll say that she doesn't blame anyone, but I know that, in her heart, she points the finger at me.
Now, I'm not pointing the finger at anyone in particular, but someone here has been stealing food from the communal refrigerator.
take the lead (idiom) To be the primary person working on something; to assert oneself as the leader.
I have meetings all day, so please take the lead on this project, Joan.
cut down (idiom) To reduce something.
My doctor told me that I need to cut down on eating fried foods in order to improve my cholesterol.
If the school board cuts down on funding for the arts, then what will become of the theater program?
be duty bound (idiom) To be obligated or expected to do something.
Now that our parents are dead, I'm duty bound to care for my siblings.
As a parent, you are duty bound to protect your child.
in line with (idiom) In conformity or agreement; within ordinary or proper limits.
For example, The new policy was intended to keep prices in line with their competitors, or It's up to the supervisor to keep the nurses in line.
hand in hand (idiom) To work alongside or in conjunction (with someone or something else), especially in pursuit of a common goal.
Our company works hand in hand with market research firms to ensure that our clients' advertising reaches the broadest and most well suited audiences possible.
The two drugs work hand in hand to combat the disease—one fighting the original infection, the other helping to repair damaged cells and tissue.
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