Forum > Environmental Education > Environmental education has no borders

Posted by Susan Sharma on July 14, 2006


Courses in environmental studies are very good at describing issues. Educators must also give techniques or tools for aspiring environmental professionals. Here is the gist of a discussion in a group at which I found interesting.

"A bricklayer layes bricks, a graphic designer designs PR and websites, a teacher teaches, a car mechanic fixes cars, but environmental professionals? In my thoughts you have to specialize in a set discipline, then you can later slant it towards conservation. You must frame the issues, not describe them.

I've learned this the hard way because for me it's been hard to develop a resume with concrete assets, not abstract thoughts."

"If there are tools for environmental professionals in conservation, what are they? Teaching this is not easy. Environmental problems are very site specific, and any good solution needs to factor in social and economical aspects. It comes with experience, and with asking lots of questions.

What does an environmental professional use? That depends on the environmental problem, its scale, temporality, spatial extent, etc. I would be pretty confident to say that mathematical models, geographical information systems (GIS), statistical analysis, and a thorough understanding of the specific field of interest, field and lab equipment and procedures. This is ideally complemented by a knowledge of law, economics, sociology at the minimum."

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a j mithra says

September 27, 2010 at 01:36 AM

Most of the subjects learnt in school and college are not life oriented. The only subject which is used and practiced in our day to day life is " Environmental Studies"
But, sadly for no reason, it has been pushed backstage.. If Environmental studies are made compulsory from primary school, every individual will know how to handle and manage environment.
When it comes to teaching Environment, when i ask students to give me some ideas to preserve environment, they say, stop cutting trees, don't burn plastic, don;t throw garbage and so on. But,can school kids stop cutting trees, stop burning plastic and stop throwing garbage? We have failed to teach them what they can do, within their capacity to preserve environment..
Unless we change our approach in teaching Environmental studies and help students play their part within their limitations, i don't think we will be able to see the desired result..
Let us teach Environment in such a way, that their part is prominent..
a j mithra

Susan Sharma says

December 13, 2010 at 06:22 PM

So correctly said, Mithra. If you go to "My Page" you will see a search cloud where all the key words are taken from the text book for Environmental Education prescribed for ICSE class 10, in India. The book also says " According to syllabus approved by the Honourable Supreme Court of India".
It will be interesting to hear the educators perspective on this.

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