Environmental education is a process that allows individuals to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. As a result, individuals develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions.
Benefits of Environmental Education
- By studying environmental studies, it becomes easy to promote love and respect for nature. If you are a parent, you can encourage your child to opt for this subject so that he or she can show some love, affection, and respect for nature and can value the greenery, trees, flowers and other natural things around.
- Another core advantage of environmental education is that it helps children learn how to be kind to animals, plants, and people around them. Parents and teachers are responsible for educating children in this regard.
- One of the major benefits of environmental education is that it helps kids develop critical thinking skills. This is because they are tasked to do different things on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Awareness programme on environmental laws in India
Centre for Environment Law (CEL) and Species & Landscapes program, WWF India proposed to organise series of training programmes across India for Civil Society Organisations, Lawyers and individuals, to prepare them to work actively on environment and conservation issues.
The first training programme was held in Coimbatore on 3 – 4 May 2014 for South India based CSOs, Lawyers and individuals associated with the environmental cause on issues ranging from unplanned infrastructure development, illegal mining, forest and environmental clearance, and conservation issues around Western Ghats.
National Environment Awareness Campaign
The NEAC was launched in mid 1986 by the then Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India (now – Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change) with the objective of creating environmental awareness at the national level. In this campaign, nominal financial assistance is provided to NGOs, schools, colleges, universities, research institutes, women and youth organisations, army units, government departments etc. from all over the country for conducting awareness raising and action oriented activities. Every year a national theme for NEAC is selected by the Ministry. EPCO has been appointed by the Ministry as Regional Resource Agency for coordinating and monitoring the campaign activities of the approved participating organisations. Every year the Ministry provides an indicative list of awareness activities based on the annual theme that may be organised under NEAC include workshops, training courses, camps, yatras, rallies, public meetings, exhibitions, competitions, demonstration projects, preparation and use of audio-visual materials besides CD-ROM and other multi-media tools. Folk media and street theatre can also be used as the medium of campaign.
Environmental Education and its relationship with Health and Safety
Regulatory requirements play an important role in Environment Health and Safety discipline and EHS managers must identify and understand relevant Environment Health Safety regulations, the implications of which must be communicated to executive management so the company can implement suitable measures.
Environmental education leads the individual to understanding of the complexity of the relationships between man and the environment, i.e. understanding of the necessity of continuous transition to sustainable development of the society and understanding of the importance of responsibility for conduct of the individual and the society as a whole. Environmental education allows for following and realising the dynamically developing relationships between man and the environment in the context of direct cognition of the current environmental, economic, scientific and technological, political and civic aspects, temporary aspects (relationships to the future) and spatial aspects (relationships between local, regional and global issues), and the optional solution variants of environmental issues. Environmental education leads individual to active involvement in environment creation and protection and affects lifestyle and value orientation of the pupils towards sustainable development of human civilisation. The interdisciplinary theme is implemented through most educational areas. Continuous links, extensions, fixations and systemisation of knowledge and skills obtained in these areas allow for development of an integrated environmental view. Each area has its specific relevance for affecting the rational side of human personality as well as the emotional and will part. In particular in the educational area of Man and health the theme touches the issue of effects of the environment on individual health and health of other people.