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Pollution has develop into a key challenge of everyday life in huge towns. This ebook units out the result of a venture performed in the course of 2000-2002 to review the administration of pollution in 3 Latin American towns of Mexico urban, Sao Paulo and Santiago. The undertaking thinking about the attention and participation of the population of the affected towns concerning the challenge and the significance of citizen involvement for the improvement of powerful coverage options and mechanisms for pollution regulate.

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With this theoretical framework the environment can be viewed as a system whose structures facilitate and constrain human activities, and the way in which such activities alter the environment can be identified. In short, this framework makes it possible to discern, from a much broader sociological perspective, the link between society and nature (Woodgate, 2000). It is important to note that because it distinguishes between the system, the structure and social practices, this theory has facilitated analysis of environmental conduct (social practice) and environmental policies (system and structure) (Spaargaren, 2001).

Ecological modernization centres on the process of constant and conscious change that transforms institutions, companies and consumers, and that leads them to recognize the value of the environment. Taking the chemicals sector as an example, Mol showed that its industrial structure had evolved ecologically and consciously through its interaction with the government and civil society. Viewed in the light of this example, ecological modernization is a concept related to the institutions OE modern technology, the (market) economy and State intervention.

This \vas developed by Mol (1997), who applies co-evolution to the environment. Ecological modernization centres on the process of constant and conscious change that transforms institutions, companies and consumers, and that leads them to recognize the value of the environment. Taking the chemicals sector as an example, Mol showed that its industrial structure had evolved ecologically and consciously through its interaction with the government and civil society. Viewed in the light of this example, ecological modernization is a concept related to the institutions OE modern technology, the (market) economy and State intervention.

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