chapter  13
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Community Awareness

T h e success fu l a c c o m p l i s h m e n t of l o ca l g ove rnment po l i c i e s a n d p ro - g r ammes r ega rd ing sus ta inab i l i t y c a n o n l y be fu l ly a ch i e v ed t h r o u g h i n d i - v i d u a l a n d c o m m u n i t y a c t i on at h o m e a n d at wo rk . W h i l e the re are s o m e areas i n w h i c h l o c a l g ove rnments c a n enforce ac t i on , for e xamp l e i n the f ie ld of e n v i r o n m e n t a l hea l th , the re are m a n y o thers w h e r e the i r r o l e is r a the r one of enab lement . T h u s the l o c a l a u t h o r i t y c a n encourage r e c y c l i n g t h r o u g h the p r o v i s i o n of faci l i t ies, o r the greater use of p u b l i c t r a n s p o r t a n d c y c l i n g b y the i n t r o d u c t i o n of p a r k i n g r e s t r i c t i ons a n d c y c l e lanes . However, it does not have a n y p o w e r s of en fo rcement i n these areas . C l e a r l y the s u c c e s s of in i t ia t i ves w i l l d e p e n d o n the w i l l ingness of i n d i v i d u a l s t o par - t i c ipa te . S u c h p a r t i c i p a t i o n w i l l i n t u r n d e p e n d u p o n the i r u n d e r s t a n d i n g of the i s sues a n d h o w p r o p o s e d measures re late to the i r o w n e n v i r o n m e n t a l p r i o r i t i e s i n the i r n e i g h b o u r h o o d s a n d w o r k p l a c e s .