How Lawyers Are Saving the Environment

Judge vaughn r. walker

Pollution is a major concern for most people. In fact, almost half of all Americans are worried about air quality. Between indoor and outdoor air quality, carbon emissions, particular matter, sulfur oxides, volatile organic compounds, radon, methane emissions, and refrigerants, there is quite a lot to worry about. Pollution continues to to remain on the minds of Americans and cause stress.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to combat pollution. And environmental law, as well as maritime law and maritime litigation, are just a few examples. These areas of the legal system help to protect the environment, regulating privately owned businesses and organizations to ensure that the overall health of the environment is not sacrificed in the name of profit margins.

These areas of law are extremely important. While protecting the environment may not seem like a noble cause, consider the effects of pollution. Simply by reducing toxic air pollution from industrial plants, we could easily save over five thousand lives annually. We could also prevent thousands of yearly cases of respiratory diseases and heart disease. The environment is the world in which we live. With a healthy environment, we can also continue to live relatively healthy lives.

Let’s take maritime law and maritime litigation, for example. This field of the legal system aims to protect the safety of life at sea, prevent pollution from ships, and increase standards for sea-going individuals. This means that maritime litigation is intended to protect individuals at sea, as well as the sea itself. It usually relates to international waters, as well, helping to regulate commercial compliance, stopping private organizations that may be causing harm to the oceans.

Through mediation services, such as mediating international disputes, maritime lawyers are able to make a difference. Protecting our oceans, like protecting the environment is incredibly important. Due to environmental changes and climate change, many counties in the United States will face water shortages in just a few short years. With the help of the legal system in protecting the environment, and protecting our oceans, perhaps we can slow down these changes. Perhaps we can make a difference and reduce the amount of pollution produced by private companies.

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