I recently attended a climate change educational camp, where one of the speakers gave an interesting lecture on how government policy can be tweaked to mitigate climate change. In today’s blog post, I will be recounting the major points in that lecture – that is, the main ways in which government policy can be tweaked to mitigate climate change.
One area in which government policy can be easily tweaked to mitigate climate change is that of forest cover requirements. At the stroke of a pen, a government bureaucrat can increase forest cover requirements significantly. The proposal to increase forest cover requirements is not likely to be controversial. It is certainly not likely to be as controversial as the suggestion that people should stop using coal or that people should hold back industrialization in order to mitigate climate change. Yet the increase in forest cover would have a much bigger impact in terms of climate change mitigation.
Another area in which government policy can be easily tweaked to mitigate climate change is that of solid waste management. At the stroke of a pen, a government bureaucrat can move us from the era of solid waste being dumped in landfills, to a new era in which solid waste is dealt with in more sustainable ways.
Yet another area in which government policy can be easily tweaked to mitigate climate change is that of education. Through this area, it is possible to create mass awareness about climate change, and the roles that individuals can play to mitigate climate change. Don’t underrate the power of educational policy change. You will, for instance, recall that less than three decades ago, credit card usage rates were very low. In fact awareness about the workings of credit cards and other forms of plastic money was very low. But in less than 30 years, and mainly through educational policy change, we have a generation of people who seem to be totally conversant with the workings of credit cards. Consequently, the credit cards have become something that is used by the masses. A simple government policy change in the field of education can trigger a similar campaign to educate the next generation on climate change and what can be done to mitigate it.