Laziness and carelessness has bred a culture of habitual littering. Typically, people have become lazy and unwilling to throw away trash appropriately. It is common to see people discard trash out of their kitchen windows or balconies and carelessness also has made some people to just throw rubbish anywhere. Many people feel none knows they are throwing something out of the window.Well, if you are too lazy to walk to the rubbish can in your home and decide to throw rubbish through the window in a high-rising building, you might find yourself convicted of intentional homicide, endangering public safety and intentional injury.
This is after The Supreme People's Court of China was reported on Thursday ordering judges to distinguish falling objects from those thrown deliberately.
It's stated the move was designed to protect property and the safety of passerby. Some people are in the habit of throwing litter everywhere without consideration of the environment and safety of other people. Some go as far as throwing rubbish from moving vehicles. Imagine walking in the pavement and you get hit on the head with a can of beer or some liquid is poured on your head, that's horrible. Hence, China is putting stiff measures against such behaviour. Anyone who is frequently throwing objects from tall buildings or in crowded places would be given tougher punishment and pay compensation.
The report further states that anyone in building management who hides, destroys or falsifies evidence will be dealt with. China has had several tragedies caused by falling objects from buildings. Around June a 5-year old boy died in Shenzhen when a window fell from the 20th floor of an apartment.
This is a global issue as many countries battle littering problems. In Singapore, an Australian Andrew Gosling was charged over the death of a 73-year old Nasiari Sunee who had been spending time with his family at the barbecue area of a condominium when a glass bottle fell from the building and struck his head.
Some countries especially in Africa, are not tough on implementing such regulations hence litter is seen everywhere. Cities like Johannesburg in South Africa, Harare in Zimbabwe, Lagos in Nigeria have huge litter problems. The behaviour is not harshly dealt with hence become a norm. When someone sees litter already accumulated somewhere, it gives impression that it's the right place to discard items. Many people who lack environmental education don't see anything wrong in littering and most believe there are people whose duty is to pick or clean it up. So China's regulations are a solution and more can still be done in terms of anti-litter campaign like the one implemented in Zimbabwe recently and so forth.
Charity begins at home. In China, litter at your own risk for they don't play.