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There is a need to sensitize the people about the promotion of natural conservation and environment protection

Post by on Wednesday, December 15, 2021

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With ever increasing population of Jammu and Kashmir, there is a need to stimulate the people about the choice they have to make about the management and sustainable use of natural resources and to think about the environmental education. To be effective, environmental education must address the spectrum of interests both of the young and old, in rural and urban communities and must target people’s immediate needs and concerns, thereby providing them with an opportunity to understand and intervene, which will ultimately result in conservation of the environment.

 

Environmental Education should be aimed to strengthening both human and institutional capacity in natural conservation and environment protection through the promotion of environmental education and awareness within a variety of social structures. There is a Chinese perception about the education which says “if you plan for one year, plant rice, if you plan for ten years, plant trees, but, if you plan for one hundred years, educate the people.” In this perspective education is now considered as the investment of higher order which in times to come becomes an asset.

 

The present circumstances provide us an opportunity to have introspection about our role, encompassment of human resources, institutional infrastructure and a mixture of regional and national action plans to sensitize the people about the promotion of natural conservation and environment protection. The art of living is much more comprehensive concept than simply acquisition of knowledge so the need of the hour is to educate the child about the importance of environment right from his childhood.

 

The life of child is compared to a triangle. The apex, which is the child, is equally affected by the two bottom angles which are the teachers and parents. It should be seen that the children should hear good things, see good things and do good things. The children should be trained to lead their lives in the most scared way which is possible only in schools. A school forms the biggest organized sector to undertake such a noble effort to save the planet earth and humanity from the clutches of death.

 

Most of the people recognize the urgent need of the environmental education but only some have clear ideas about what needs to be done indeed few have the expertise and knowledge about their goals. Thus we have to relay on other institutions of the society for imparting the environmental knowledge.

 

(Author is a Columnist and Educator}

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