While there is a fundamental need to cut down our carbon footprint, many countries all over the world have started to pass laws to help the environment. These laws range from protecting insects to decreasing the use of plastic to limiting the use of cars.
For a while, we have been hearing about saving the bees. This is because bees pollinate plants that make up a large portion of our food supply. Currently, the European Union has banned three pesticides that are known as being harmful to bees. France banned five pesticides. France also helps the environment by forcing grocery stores and supermarkets to donate leftover food products to those in need.
According to this article, approximately one garbage truck full of plastic waste enters the ocean every minute. To cut down on pollution, many countries are banning what is known as “single-use plastic.” This includes items such as bags, bottles, and packaging (things that are only used once). Nations that have banned plastic in some form include Rwanda, France, New Delhi, Jamaica, Taiwan, Morocco, and Kenya. According to the U.N., over 125 other countries are also working towards banning plastic use.
Kenya’s ban on plastic is one of the strictest laws that has gone into effect. Anyone who is found to be selling, manufacturing, or carrying will have serious penalties including a fine up to $38,000 and four years in prison.
Small towns in Switzerland and a few islands in Croatia are doing their part to protect the environment by banning the use of cars. While even busy cities like New York City have areas that are for pedestrians only, these places are completely car-free. Beijing, China bans cars once a week and saw that they had a 9% decrease in carbon emissions.
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