Environmental and the Law

Published : 25 Jan, 2017
Environmental and LawAbsorb routinely provides training to explain how the law drives the environmental performance within all industries. Usually the law is complex and difficult for the average person to understand.
 
Commonwealth; State and Territory Environmental Legislation changed after 1992 away from rule by regulation where the law  told us what to do. The current laws are based solely on the concept of: “The Environmental Duty of Care”.
 
The Environmental Duty of Care requires us, every citizen, “not to harm the environment, by either action or inaction, unless we take all reasonable and practicable measures to prevent such harm”.
 
The laws do not tell us how we must achieve this – we have to work it out for ourselves. In effect we, the citizens, have become the stewards of the environment. This is a reversal of most legislation where the government is the protector. Environmental law  is also far reaching – affecting all of us. In the past it was assumed that companies were the polluters. Now environmental law covers us all.
 
I think that most of us are unaware of the Environmental Duty of Care. However most of us try and do the right thing by the environment any way.