A STUDY ON ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AMONG HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS By  Nadhiya M. and Vinoth S.

Abstract

Education is a fundamental means to bring any desired change in society. This can be attained only if schools become real centers of learning. Education not only helps in the development of personality of the child but also determine his/her future. The need of environmental education is to educate the people of all ages on environment for making decisions which are compatible to environment. Environmental Education is a necessary tool for making appropriate decisions concerning the solution and prevention of environmental problems. People need to learn ways to perceive environmental problems and opportunities acquire information for forming and evaluating alternative solutions and develop the cultural skills for living according to chosen alternatives. The need for environmental education has also been formally acknowledged at both the national and international levels. Environmental consciousness should be developed teaching in school and colleges. This aspect will be integrated in the en-tire educational process. Environmental Education promotes attitudes of concern for the quality of the biophysical environmental, which will motivate citizens to participate in solving biophysical environment problems. Environmental education and research are necessary because many environmental problems that cannot be solved by government alone can be solved by individual, and the individuals must be educated to know what needs to be done. With enormous ignorance of vital environmental problems it is disheartening to realize that in many countries including India, lot of time and money are being spent on environmental destructive activities than constructive ones. Keywords: Environment, Awareness, Environmental education, Social problems,, NCERT

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