Good morning teachers and friends. In conjunction with World Environment Day, I
would like to give a talk on the ways of reducing pollution.
Pollution was once thought to be the inevitable
price of modernization and industrialization. Today, efforts to reduce
environmental pollution are slowly gaining momentum.
First of all, existing laws and regulations aimed at reducing pollution
should be strictly enforced. Toxic waste and fumes from industries are among the
major causes of pollution. Instead of indiscriminate
dumping of waste and unchecked emission of toxic fumes, industries should be
equipped with proper waste-treatment systems. The move towards installing
catalytic converters and using lead-free petrol is also commendable, as exhaust
fumes from vehicles contribute greatly to air pollution. The Department of
Environment and the Road Transport Department, respectively, should ensure that
industries and vehicle owner comply with environmental regulations.
Another important step to curb pollution is to educate the public on the
effects of pollution and how they can help protect the environment. Many people
are still ignorant of the effects on the environment due to the use of materials
such as aerosol sprays with cholorofluorocarbons, which destroy the ozone layer,
or disposable plastic products, which are virtually indestructible. Many people
also do not know that plastic, glass and paper can be recycled and thus prevent
pollution by reducing waste. when the public is better informed, efforts to
reduce pollution will be more effective.
Lastly, we should buy environmentally safe products and these should be
reasonably priced to be attractive to the average consumer. For example, not
many consumers are aware of the existence of biodegradable products and their
benefits in cutting down environmental pollution. furthermore, many consumers
who would be interested in buying recycled or environmentally friendly products
are put off by the high prices charged for them. As such, there should be more
encouragement for consumers to buy environmentally friendly products.
Reducing pollution requires efforts by all parties concerned -- the
government, industries and consumers. Stricter control, more public awareness
and reasonable pricing for 'green' products will all help in reducing pollution
in the country. So ladies and gentlemen, let us do our part in reducing