Using criminal law to protect environmental resources



The rapid development of the industrial sector has been an alarming issue for our environment. It brings forth fear and concern, yet many big businesses continue to violate different regulations imposed to protect the environment.  

Scientists and experts have been warning the world of the inevitable effects of climate change if we do not stop our current ways. Future effects include the rising of temperature, changes in precipitation patterns, more droughts and heatwaves, intense hurricanes, rising sea levels, and the melting of the Arctic’s ice

Now, we’re going to take a look at how criminal law can be used to protect our environmental resources.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the Department of Labor can investigate major industrial pollution of air and water.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Department of Labor has the responsibility of enforcing laws that protect the safety and health of American workers. With this, they can also investigate illegal activities done by these big companies. They can impose fines and sanctions on their environmental crimes.


Prevention of nuclear, mine, and other chemical explosions by monitoring and conducting prosecutions for faulty and fraudulent record-keeping.

Remember the famous Chernobyl accident in 1986? The explosion happened because of a flawed reactor design paired with incompetent personnel. The disaster had a tremendous human and socio-economic impact on the USSR.

We should learn from the Chernobyl accident. It’s a traumatizing accident that we wish for no one to experience. The government must check on these nuclear, mine, and other sites to protect its people and the environment.


Protection of workers by encouraging whistle-blowing of illegal activities by industrial companies.

Whistleblowers play a huge role in exposing the horrifying truths of big companies. The stress that they’re feeling is overwhelming. They could lose everything—their life, family, and reputation.

They are one of the biggest heroes of our time, and they aren’t appreciated as much. The government should provide them with full protection as a way of giving back for up for what is right. The world’s future is on the line.

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