ENVIRONMENT — AWARENESS — ENFORCEMENT Y.K.Sabharwal Chief Justice of India
The protection and preservation of environment is a pressing issue. Every person, organisation and institution has an obligation and duty to protect it. Environmental consciousness deserves to be propagated at all levels. Environmental conservation can be achieved if we all share a single thought, the thought of creating a better world to live in, the thought to give a better deal to everyone, human or otherwise, to the present as well as to the future generation who all have to share the Almighty’s great gifts of clean environment and abundant natural resources on this planet earth. Environmental protection
encompasses not only pollution but also sustainable development and conservation of natural resources and the eco-system. Environmental
degradation can be either localised such as the depletion of a nation’s forest resources, or global, such as destruction of the ozone layer. The focus of
discussion today revolves around examining the extent to which awareness about the environment has percolated into public consciousness, and making a frank appraisal of enforcement measures adopted so far in protecting the environment. The Government of India as well as our Parliament is increasingly supportive of stringent environmental legislations and Regulations. Various
legislations have been enacted by Indian Parliament in last about 30 years to tackle the problem of environmental protection. Various Rules and Regulations
have also been framed.
Despite these legislations, Rules and Regulations,
protection and preservation of environment is still a pressing issue. Today, the necessity of environmental awareness and enforcement is more demanding and urgent than ever before. The first question we have to ask ourselves is why despite provisions in Indian Constitution providing for Environmental Protection and many statutory provisions, the environment degradation continues....