Garbage disposal and aspects that cause environmental degradation cause large scale damage that require approaches for solutions at multiple levels. State machinery, legal enforcement mechanisms, municipal administration, the polluter, the public, et al will have to be brought to the table for finding lasting solutions.
Industrial disputes, trade union rivalries, canal disputes in villages, and every dispute that pitches one group against another have all to be approached with utmost tact. Courts only punish or impose punitive damages but do not have the resources to engage in dialogues that could heal the hurt experienced by disputants.
Community mediation adopts a slightly different technique of involving locally influential and at the same time selfless and good people who understand the local problems to co-mediate with trained mediators. Police personnel that twirl moustaches and present a tough countenance act differently as informers and referrers of disputes whenever they notice simmering discontent among disparate groups and get them to come to Community Mediation Boards or Centres to debate and discuss and come to meaningful solutions. The venue will be verily a sanctuary, as it were, - a place for warring groups to arrive and return mollified and be at peace.
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