Environmental Health and Safety Manager (Seeking Next Great Opportunity)
The environmental issues are not increasing. They are and have been right in front of us for so very long that many people do not pay attention to them. (Note: When I state "We" I mean the USA) We have more trees now than at the start of the 1900. We do not pollute the air, water and ground as we once did. We actively move to clean up issues of the past. We are also actively looking to improve our environment and how we management.
Unfortunately, many of our partners around the globe do not. I have lived on four continents and each had different issues and methods but some had little in what would be called environmental policy. Others had environmental policy that they followed and environmental policy that was written which wasn't always and sometime was never followed.
If I had to point to one thing that should change that most likely will not its the use of reusable containers for things like water. I am all for plastic bottles if they were to be recycled. Juice boxes are a waste because the many layers they are made of can't easily be recycled. We would be better off going back to glass milk bottles because of the ease they were cleaned or collected and recycled. There is so much waste that is just wasted because it was designed to throw away. From fast food wrappers to the plastic car bumpers that can't be recycled without a mass effort made.