Environmental protection is the responsibility of the government. Individual efforts do not count. To what extent do you agree with the above statement?
The deterioration（恶化） of the environment is a common problem in many countries. Nearly all the governments have taken measures to alleviate（缓解=relieve） this situation. Laws are made, alternative sources of energy are researched, environment-friendly products are promoted and campaigns are carried out to raise people’s awareness of ecological preservation（环保）. Though the effectiveness of these measures varies, most of the governments have displayed a sincere attitude to help improving and protecting the environment.
However, concerns for environmental issues should be shared by the general public. Individuals ought to make conscious efforts to（主动做---） save energy and to keep our common home（环境的替代词，共同家园） clean. In fact there are many things that individuals can do. For example, we should try to reduce our overdependence on private cars and use public transport or bicycles more frequently. By doing so, not only do we save energy（常用的倒装结构） and therefore lower the release of carbon dioxide, which is a major greenhouse gas, we also become healthier by riding bicycles.
In addition, household rubbish can be sorted out（分拣） for recycling. Paper, plastic and metals such as coco-cola cans can all be recycled. We can use more products made from recycled materials so that the recycling industry has a better prospect of commercial success. Furthermore, we should stop using plastic bags and throwaway（一次性的） meal boxes which bring convenience but pollute the environment, as they are not biodegradable（生物降解）. Used batteries should also be disposed of properly（妥善处理） because there is lead（铅） in them.
In a word, there are many things individuals can do to make our environment clean. If these efforts are shared by more people, we will embrace a better life.
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