Environmental responsibility is the duty that a business or an individual has to perform in a way to keeps the environment safe. This includes but is not limited to:
- waste management;
- conservation of natural resources;
- complying with environmental legislation;
- prevention of pollution
It is the responsibility of each one of us in society to safeguard our mother nature. Any harm done to the environment, the effects are felt by everyone in the society. For instance, the effects of climate change are being felt everywhere by everyone on earth. It, therefore, calls for personal environmental responsibility.
In this area, Palscity Foundation seeks to be at the forefront in championing general Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability programs in society.
Our key objectives on the environment are:
- To Promote Natural Resources Conservation
- To Secure a Clean and Healthy Environment
- To enable members of the society, have sense of total environmental responsibility
This shall be achieved through two main ways namely:
- Environmental capacity building and empowerment community programs
- Leading and mobilizing in environmental pollution and waste management and afforestation activities
There are four major programs under this:
- Climate change and Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Waste Management, Environmental pollution management and control
- Afforestation and Natural Resource Conservation
- Environmental Policy Development and Planning and Environmental Advocacy
- Climate Change and Sustainable Development Program;
Climate Change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time.
It is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions.
Certain human activities have been identified as primary causes of ongoing climate change, often referred to as global warming.
The term “climate change” is often used to refer specifically to anthropogenic climate change also known as global warming. Anthropogenic climate change is caused by human activity, as opposed to changes in climate that may have resulted as part of Earth’s natural processes.
In this sense, especially in the context of environmental policy, the term climate change has become synonymous with anthropogenic global warming.
Within scientific journals, global warming refers to surface temperature increases while climate change includes global warming and everything else that increases greenhouse gas levels affect. The main long-term impacts of climate change include: Changing rainfall patterns affecting agriculture and reducing food security; Worsening water security; Decreasing fish resources in large lakes due to rising temperatures; Increasing vector-borne diseases; Rising sea levels affecting low-lying Coastal areas with large populations; and Increasing water stress.
This program works to ensure a clear understanding that Climate Change is a major source of an impediment to Sustainable Development and device appropriate ways of responding to climate change in Africa and the whole globe. At the same time, the program will focus on the dual relationship between sustainable development and climate change. Climate Change influences key natural and human living conditions and therefore forms the basis for sustainable development, while on the other hand, society’s priorities on sustainable development influence both the Green House Gas emissions that are causing climate change and the vulnerability, the program is keen on the need for the exploration of policies that jointly address Sustainable Development and Climate Change.
- Sustainable Waste Management, Environmental pollution management and control Program;
This program works to ensure that each one of us takes responsibility for all waste produced. The program is guided by the principle that waste is not only the responsibility of someone who moves it around or who manages or disposes of it. The program reviews and defines various types and levels of waste management and their respective responsibilities.
It also works towards managing the environment to prevent and control pollution.
Pollution is the contamination of the environment which causes adverse change. Living in areas of high pollution has serious long-term health effects. People of all ages who live in high pollution areas for extended periods place themselves at increased risk of various neurological disorders. Pollution control is necessary without which the waste products from consumption, heating, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, transportation, and other human activities, whether they accumulate or disperse, will degrade the environment. In the hierarchy of controls, pollution prevention and waste minimization are more desirable than pollution control.
The areas under this program are largely categorized as;
- Solid Waste Management
- Effluent Waste Management.
- Space Pollution Management & Control
- Electro Pollution Management & Control
- Effect of Radiation Pollution
- Visual Pollution Management & Control
- Soil Pollution Management & Control
- Noise Pollution Management & Control
- Air Pollution Management & Control
- Water Pollution Management & Control
- Afforestation, Reforestation and Natural Resource Conservation Program;
This program works to ensure the preservation, development, wise use, and enjoyment of natural resources for the greatest benefit to the community and its inhabitants. Natural resources are for instance: minerals, wood, coal, natural gas, wind, water, plants, animals, and many more.
Afforestation is the process of introducing trees and tree seedlings to an area that has previously not been forested. Afforestation can be done through tree planting and seeding, naturally or artificially
Reforestation is a form of afforestation. This is the alteration of a non-forested area to a forested area through tree planting and seeding. The difference is that reforestation is the restoration of an area that has been deforested
Natural resources conservation is a process of rational use and skillful management and preservation of the natural environment with all its resources. This would improve, maintain and protect the natural environment and its resources for the benefit of all mankind
- Environmental Policy Development and Planning and Environmental Advocacy
This program works to ensure that policies within and outside Palscity Foundation along the organization development areas are maintained and coordinated in an effective and compliant manner. It is charged with ensuring that all organization policies are developed, documented, and implemented both within the organization and by all stakeholders as shall apply
It works to create sustainable communities, which aim to conserve and protect undeveloped land. Environmental planning is the process of facilitating decision-making to carry out land development after considering the natural environment, social, political, economic, and governance factors and provides a holistic framework to achieve sustainable outcomes. It is the ability, therefore, to analyze environmental issues that will facilitate critical decision-making.
It seeks to commit itself to the development, enhancement, research & innovation, implementation, and integration of the laws, regulations, and other policy mechanisms concerning environmental issues like Air and water pollution; Waste management; Ecosystem management; Maintenance of biodiversity; Protection of natural resources like wildlife and indigenous endangered species.
Environmental policy focuses on problems arising from human impact on the environment, which retroacts into human society by having a negative impact on human values such as good health or a clean and green environment.
The good environmental policy, therefore, must be built on the principles of Precaution, Prevention and Rectifying pollution at source, and Polluter Pays principle. The precautionary principle is a risk management tool that may be invoked when there is scientific uncertainty about a suspected risk to human health or to the environment emanating from a certain action or policy. The ‘polluter pays principle is implemented aiming to prevent or otherwise remedy environmental damage, whether to protected species or to natural habitats, water, and soil. Operators of certain occupational activities such as the transport of dangerous substances, or activities that imply discharge into waters, have to take preventive measures in case of an imminent threat to the environment. If damage has already occurred, they are obliged to take the appropriate measures to remedy it and pay for the costs.
This program as well works to influence policy in social, economic, political, and cultural spheres in order to bring about positive change in environmental sustainability. This program seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to: Have their voice heard on environmental issues that are important to them; Defend and safeguard their environmental rights; Have their environmental views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives. This is because, environmental advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling people to Express their environmental views and concerns, Access environmental information and services, Defend and promote their environmental rights and responsibilities, and Explore environmental choices and options for optimal gain. Environmental advocacy can include many activities that a person or organization undertakes; for example, media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research, conducting an exit poll, the filing of an amicus brief, lobbying legislators.