Environmental Education: Holistic Approach for Environment Protection and Sustainable Development in the Indian Context

Date01 January 2014
DOI10.1177/0019556120140110
AuthorNeelima Deshmukh
Publication Date01 January 2014
SubjectArticle
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: HOLISTIC
APPROACH FOR ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION
AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE
INDIAN CONTEXT
NEELIMA DESHMUKH
The
environmental education becomes an integral part
of
the
strategy
for
ecological
development,
environmental
improvement
and
protection
as
well
as
prevention
of
environmental degradation. Such an approach
to
education
becomes a medium and process
of
creating awareness about
man's relationship with his natural as well as social and man-
made environment. It should aim at enabling individuals and
communities
to
understand
the
complex
formation
of
environment that results from interaction
of
their biological,
physical, social, economic and cultural aspects along with
knowledge, values, attitudes and skills acquired over the years.
INTRODUCTION
DURING
LAST
decade,
environmental
issues have been receiving
increasing attention in all spheres
of
life, including greater coverage in the
media. There is also a growing awareness
of
the need and importance
of
involving people actively in the protection
of
environment and management
of
the natural resources
of
their locality. While the disasters, like the Bhopal
tragedy and Chernobyl accident, the recent nuclear plant emissions in Japan
have
heightened
the
awareness
among
the
general
public and the
governments
as
to the grave dangers, the most significant contribution
of
the nascent environmental movement in India has been to bring into sharp
focus the vital connection between growing poverty
of
vast numbers
of
marginalised people and the accelerating environmental degradation and
the need to involve the people especially the affected people actively in
the protection and management
of
the natural resources, especially the
Common Property Resources (CPRs), like forests, rivers and grazing lands.
Issues
of
violation
of
rules and regulation by the industries, creation
of

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