I thought this was a pretty interesting story in the Jordan Times today about the Minister of Environment Khalid Irani who reportedly is carrying a ticket pad with him at all times now and even went out and issued the first eco-law fines. After seeing a man throw some litter from his car Irani wrote him a 20JD fine. He then went on to fine a truck driver 30JD for not covering the sand he was carrying in the back that was blowing all over the streets.
And with that, the eco-laws of the country go in to effect. However the specially trained 1,000 Eco-Cops won’t be graduating until later this month. They will be handling everything from the everyday litterbug to the big companies and factories, 21 of which were closed down just last Tuesday for environmental violations.
I love the idea of having eco-cops but I have my reservations about the implementation of this public policy. Their focus might eventually turn to mainly industrial violations rather than society. I think generally if you’re going to have eco-cops especially in a limited number, then they should be utilized to the fullest by having them roam the streets and fining people; make them symbols that might have an actual impact on the mindsets of everyday people. Other committees or environmental task forces should be set up just for industries.
I know industries have a greater impact on the general environment of the country but social mindsets are just as worse in the long run. People need to be forced to be aware of their own environment.