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Survey Results on Environment Education

We received 285 responses to the survey on Environment Education ( ).

81% agreed that learning in a community/club is less stressful.  80% of the respondents also agreed that the online content spurs them on to read more about issues which concern them. Our archives of about ten years is now organized in a searchable format and relevant content is now retrievable fast.   

Our recent addition of an individualised learning page )

for our members is a step taken in this direction.  Searching on subjects of your interest or searchng on a subject title from the Environment education text book will give results which span all the archives of IndianWildlifeClub-Our e zines since 2001: chat transcripts, press news, blogs etc.

Although there are text books on Environment Education which are introduced in schools and colleges and distance education courses available online and offline, 99%of our respondents agreed that environment education is a life-long learning process. 82% of the respondents also felt that environment education is best imparted in an informal way. 

A surprising result of the survey was that 64% of the respondents feel constrained when it comes to doing their bit towards environment.  Out of this percentage group,43% felt constrained while 21% felt constrained to some extent. This analysis is also supported by the large percentage of IWC members who have been using the feedback form on our website to say that they are looking for volunteering/employment opportunities in the area of preserving our bio-diversity.

90% of those surveyed agreed that environment education must have a basis on field reports and scientific data.  Considering that the large majority of IWC members are young and tech savvy, this result of the survey did not come as a surprise. Corporates and government Babus who consider EIA (environment impact assessment) reports a mere formality, need to sit up and take note of this.  This unmistakable confirmation for using field reports and scientific data as the basis for any environmental action is also a wake -up call for our institutions and ministries which routinely take major decisions for political and individual gains.

Team IWC is working to get a project off ground to address the issues of constraints in working for nature and wildlife. Watch out for the initiation of the concept by means of an announcement on our home page.   

-Susan Sharma

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