Importance of Environmental Education
Environmental education is an important aspect of education in the modern world and needs to be implemented in the curriculum to ensure an understanding of the planet we live in.
As inhabitants of Earth and depending on the natural resources the Earth provides to us – from water to fuel in the form of petroleum and crude oil and the soil for plant growth for our sustenance – we must aim to understand the ways it is affected due to the exploits of modern life and implement changes and policies that can help restore the damages caused to it.
In today’s world, every part of the environment – from soil to air to water – is affected by pollution through the release of gases and effluents and other waste materials by industries. The waste generated by human beings also form a major part of the factors causing soil pollution. These are major contributor to type of environmental pollution
However, to reduce the damage and world towards repairing the ravages of nature, we must equip ourselves with the knowledge to engage in green activities will help restore Mother Nature to a better form over time.
Environmental education aims to inculcate the understanding of our acts of damage on Earth and provides ways and information about the stages and situations of various parts of the environment.
Global warming is another aspect of environmental education and needs to be properly understood as regards to what causes it and thus engage in preventing it from spreading its menace.
By understanding and gathering knowledge about plant growth and that of mangroves and other environmental treasures, we can work towards maintaining their presence and prevent their extinction and make sure that they remain to nourish the Nature.
Environmental education also stresses on the practice of using caution in using chemicals like CFCs and such gases which contribute to air pollution and educate us about alternatives.
With the proper application of the knowledge gathered through inclusion in public curriculum, awareness can be caused and encourage to prevent abuses of Nature and its resources and suggest green alternatives and workarounds.
Environmental education teaches us about the ill effects of using plastics and such materials and how they can cause serious harm to the soil when disposed of since they don’t get decomposed in a short time and need thousands of years to get decomposed.
Similarly, we are educated about the emergence of new eco-friendly materials that we can put to use for a better future. These materials can be easily decomposed by bacteria and hence reduce the harm caused to the good or fertile soil.
The development of eco-friendly fuel sources like biogas, CNG, etc has helped reduce pollution to an extent. Environmental education provides us with the basic knowledge about how these alternatives work and how they help in reducing the carbon footprint.
The major education boards in the country like CBSE, ICSE and the state boards have made it compulsory to include environmental education in secondary levels of study. Environmental education has also been introduced as an additional module in many courses in colleges and universities in India.
Similarly, there has been an inclusion of modules of environmental education in foreign courses as well as various standards and universities.
By putting forward environmental education as an essential part of general and specialized fields, the aim remains to not only educate children about it from a young age but also hope for its spread through them in their homes to their parents and other family members. That way, it can reach a wider audience and actually create awareness that can be implemented collectively for everyone’s good.
The basic aim of environmental education is to look after Nature and repair the damages to create a better world – a better future for our future generations and ensure an equitable distribution of resources to all. With these, it can move towards sustenance of the existing resources and prevent it from getting depleted due to human greed and misuse.
At the same time, due to illegal and unfair means adopted by certain trade practices tend to flout norms and cause harm to nature through the release of harmful chemicals.
Through environmental education, proper awareness can be created so that the general public can collectively come together and prevent such misuse and work together for a better and sustainable future.