While civilians are responsible for doing their share in curbing environmental pollution, Presidents, Premiers, and other Government Ministers play a more important role in encouraging the civilians. A Premier who has worked extensively to tackle environment pollution is Mike Rann. The 44th Premier of South Australia established several laws to help reduce the pollution in South Australia.
Let us have a look at some of the most important steps taken by Rann Government to tackle environment pollution and what the world and other leaders can learn from him.
Wilderness Protection Status to Nullarbor Plain
In the year 2011, Rann Government announced that Nullarbor Plain, a vast area which stretches almost 200km would be given Wilderness Protection Status. Due to this move, the total area under environmental protection in South Australia would double to a total of 1.80 million hectares. The area was known to have more than 350 species of plants and rare birds and animal species.
Mining Ban at Arkaroola Protection Area
In the same year, Rann Government announced protection to the Arkaroola Protection Area and banned mining here. Special legislation was also put in place by the government to prohibit mining exploration, mining, and grazing in this area. Moreover, he also nominated Arkaroola Protection Area as a world heritage site.
Climate Change Council
A Climate Change Council was also established during Mike Rann’s regime as Premier of South Australia. The council members were responsible for providing advice to ministers who are responsible for Climate Change about climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emission.
Global Champion of Climate Change Honor
Exnora International honored Mike Rann as the “Global Champion of Climate Change” in the year 2010 in India. This award was for his leading role in reducing carbon emission and environmental protection.
Mike Rann is a perfect example of how Government Ministers can take effective steps to reduce environmental pollution. While he was required to face several hardships for taking environment-protecting measures in South Australia, especially from the mining industry, the country is now reaping the rich benefits of the laws and legislations established by the Rann Government.
How Can We Fight Environmental Pollution?
While civilians and government all over the world are now realizing the importance of protecting the environment, there is still a very long way to go. At the Climate Summit in Paris in the year 2015, 195 countries signed an agreement to reduce carbon emission to limit warming.
Some of the most effective and simplest of actions that can be taken include-
- Powering homes with renewable energy
- Purchasing appliances that are energy-efficient
- Drive vehicles that are fuel-efficient
- Reduce carbon profile
- Reduce, reuse and recycle
- Plant trees
- Conserve water
The government of countries can take several measures to encourage civilians to take up the actions mentioned above. It only requires us to be a little mindful of playing our part in protecting the environment. And it is the government as well as the civilians that can work hand-in-hand to keep the planet preserved for future.