Right from simple measures to planting more trees to finding clean fuels that minimize environmental degradation, the protection of our surroundings depends on every little step that we take.
In our quest for development we have somewhere forgotten that the earth has limited resources and the environment cannot sustain relentless onslaught on the ecosystem. The need to understand and assimilate this fact has become so imperative that environmental consciousness and conservation literacy is cited as a 21st century skill.
The first step towards solving any critical issue is to understand it and here education plays a huge role. While it is not a given that every educated person is environmentally conscious, developing an empathy towards the environment through education is important. It can be a great aid in instilling values and providing information on the consequences of environmental pollution and issues such as global warming.
World Values Surveys have constantly shown that the higher level of a person’s education, the more proclivity they show towards protecting the environment. Hence, including modules on environment protection and other related issues is a must have in the syllabi.
Apart from acting as a source of information on dangers to the ecosystem, education plays another role, that is, through imparting courses in different fields that help in developing solutions to sustainability issues through innovative solutions on energy management, sustainable development, pollution control, chemical-free fertilizers and much more.
Entrenching environmental consciousness and imparting knowledge in areas that encourage people to work in the field of sustainability can be highly critical to ensure that we continue to have a healthy existence and leave behind a healthy legacy for our successors.
Environment is fragile and while nature is built in a way that it can provide for all our needs, burdening it with constant demands will further cause aggravation to the delicate balance of the ecosystem. Right from simple measures to planting more trees to finding clean fuels that minimize environmental degradation, the protection of our surroundings depends on every little step that we take. I hope that in 2018, we would be able to create newer and better solutions to preserve the environment. Have a very happy new year!
Dr. N. Sundararajan
Vice Chancellor, Jain University