India can protect and restore environmental and natural resources by spreading awareness on such issues among its citizens. Teaching of environmental education can be an important vehicle. We have to create awareness about the environment and an attitude of caring and sharing of natural resources in the minds of those children who are the future citizen of our nation.
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ON THE EVE OF WORLD ENVIROMENTAL DAY (JUNE 5TH)
SAHAYA launches a program called “GREEN GLOBE”
The main objectives of this program are to educate children about their immediate environment and impart knowledge about the eco-systems, their inter-dependence and their need for survival, through visits and demonstrations and to mobilize youngsters by instilling in them the spirit of scientific inquiry into environmental problems and involving them in the efforts of environmental preservation.
There is a need to create consciousness of the environment which must permeate all ages and all sections of the society beginning with the child. Environmental consciousness should inform teaching in schools and colleges and should be integrated in the entire education process.
EMERGENCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AS A COMPULSORY SUBJECT AT SCHOOL LEVEL IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT
The specific aspects to study would be
1) To find out the most decisive factors in creating environmental awareness
2) To assess the importance of education in creating environmental awareness
3) To find out if education in school is training an environmentally friendly behavior
4) To assess the resulting level of environmental awareness in India
5) To assess the actual level of environmental friendly behavior.
Not surprisingly, through this concept of green globe Sahaya reported that the emphasis of the efforts was rather to create awareness on environmental issues and to give the children concrete suggestions how to behave in a more environmentally friendly way than explaining the scientific background of environmental problems.
Author & Event Co-ordinator : B Sreeram