WATER CONTROL 5
Implicationsfor the Future
Implicationsfor the Future
Environmentalissues have become a global concern due to their adverse effects onthe planet. Some of these problems are air pollution, global warming,shortages of water, environmental noise and biodiversity loss(Osbaldiston& Schott, 2011).Most of these problems are as a result of human behavior (Osbaldiston& Schott,2011),and therefore, can easily be managed by changing our perceptions tominimize the adverse effects. Human activities and the need toadvance in technology are the main causes of the environmentalproblems that exist around the world today.
Theenvironmental problem of concern is water control. Various humanactivities have led to shortages and pollution of water around theglobe. Cutting down of trees, for instance, has affected watercatchment areas, resulting in the destruction of water sources. Theenvironmental behavior is usually influenced by habitual, contextualand motivational factors (WHO, 2013). To foster pro-environmentalbehavior, all the factors must be addressed.
Oneof the strategies is to educate people on the importance of watercontrol. People should be encouraged to make use of the availableopportunities to learn more about the world around them. For thoseareas struck by water shortage and pollution, they can be taught onhow to prevent the problem from becoming worse. The society should bemade to realize that water-related-challenges are real and cannot besolved easily (WHO, 2013). By doing so, each member of the societywill be cautious and reduce overuse of water and reckless behaviorthat leads to water pollution. Another strategy is recycling ofwater. Various methods can be employed to recycle water, for bothdomestic and commercial use. This helps to reduce water scarcity andpollution to the environment.
Impactof technological advances on Environment
Technologyplays a crucial role in water control. However, the impact oftechnology is twofold. On the positive side, it can be used todevelop sophisticated and efficient means of addressing watershortage and pollution. Innovations in water technology have beenable to achieve higher efficiency as a response to the increaseddemand on the available scarce water resources (Osbaldiston &Schott,2011).It is worth noting that, industries have adopted technologies thatminimize wastage of water, which is advantageous to the environmentand the economy. One of the new technologies that are becoming morecommon is the artificial recharge. The acquisition and adoption ofthese technologies will enhance responsible environmental behavior.
Technologicaladvances have also impacted the environmental negatively. There aremany electronic devices manufactured on a daily basis. Management ofe-waste is a big challenge despite several efforts put forth torecycle them. Computers and mobiles phones, for instance, form themost significant percentage of e-waste, which is a threat to theenvironment. It is quite common to see such devices being dumpedrecklessly, in areas like water bodies, leading to pollution (WHO,2013).
Influenceof environmental policies
Effectiveenvironmental policies need to be formulated to address the issue athand. The implementation of the strategies may need finances which,without proper systems, cannot be realized. Environmental policies,therefore, seek to ensure that all strategies formulated are executedby setting aside a budget specifically for that. The policies alsotend to provide incentives to improve efficiencies in the managementof the environmental problems (WHO, 2013). They provide guidelines onthe management of various problems and tend to educate the society ongood environmental behavior. The rules and regulations are alsooutlined in the environmental policies which clearly state theprocedures for handling various types of wastes.
Variouscountries have adopted different means to curb the environmentalproblems. However, the implementation and the success will bedetermined by the willingness of every member of the society toadhere to the policies set. There could be as many solutions aspossible, but, unless people change their environmental behavior,nothing will be achieved. As much as technology is necessary, thereshould be proper guidelines to follow on the use of various devicesand how they should be disposed to avoid water pollution and otherenvironmental issues.
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