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A Study On Environmental Ethics and Role of An Individual – Towards Sustainable Development. By Dr.Smita Asthana , Dean Academics & Reader in Chemistry & Dr N.V.Kavitha , Dean Administration & Head, Department of Commerce St.Ann’s College for Women, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad. At

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A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

A Study On Environmental Ethics and Role of An Individual –

Towards Sustainable Development

By

Dr.SmitaAsthana, Dean Academics & Reader in Chemistry

& Dr N.V.Kavitha, Dean Administration & Head, Department of Commerce

St.Ann’s College for Women, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad

At

UNESCO Workshop On Bioethics, Biodiversity and Making A

Repository of Ethical World Views of Nature

On 10th october,2012


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

Various World Views and Ethical Perspectives

MAN AS STEWARD

A sense of responsibility to manage and care for the environment


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

Stewardship = Moral Responsibility

  • Moral responsibility is nothing more than our capacity to be human and being able to take care of everything around us.

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE SURVEY

  • A survey was conducted with the help of a structured questionnaire with three broad heads –

  • “I Know”to examine the awareness/understanding level of the select respondents,

  • “I believe”to know the perceptions of students with regards to the core components of environmental ethics and their stake towards environmental issues.

  • 3. “I Do”to judge the extent to which knowledge is translated into actions

  • Methodology

  • A stratified random sampling technique was adopted for selecting 250 respondents (students) pursuing their under graduation/post graduation in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) situated in Hyderabad. 220 students responded to the questionnaire which is summarized in the following tables and discussion


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

Table – 1 : “ I Know”

Graph – A

Source: Primary Data

  • more than 50% of the respondents are moderately aware of the current issues related to environment and keep themselves updated to some extent .


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

Table – 2 “I Believe”

Source: Primary Data, Figures in parenthesis are %age of respondents


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

Table – 3 “I Do”

Source: Primary Data, Figures in parenthesis are %age of respondents


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

Findings of the Study

  • The results from ‘I know’ revealed that there is need for

  • greater awareness about environmental concerns,

  • the understanding of its gravity,

  • consequences in future and

  • the action that has to be taken today.

  • Environmental education has an important role to play in the promotion of environmental awareness . The knowledge base of a society is one important aspect of its capacity to address and cope with environmental issues.


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

Findings of the Study – Contd.

  • The ‘ I believe’ segment revealed

  • the respondents’ understanding of the need to coexist,

  • the pitfalls of overdependence on technology and

  • the role every individual, society has to play and decisions that have to be taken today for future.

  • Coming generations will also be affected by these decisions and the extent to which they have addressed concerns such as the depletion of resources, the loss of biodiversity, and long-lived radioactive wastes from generation of nuclear energy.


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

Findings of the Study – Contd.

  • ‘I do’ segment impresses the need to translate knowledge into plans and actions. Not much seems to be done.

  • The real problem may lie not in the kinds of environmental education being imparted, but rather in the difficulty involved in translating environmental value commitments into action of any kind, be it in terms of lifestyle adjustments or social activism. Young people are often the target of commercials and peer pressure not just because of any disposable income they are likely to possess and the influence they have on money spenders, but because manufacturers have a vested interest in establishing high-consumption patterns that will last a lifetime albeit at a cost to the environment.


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

Suggestions

  • Environment education should help the student to understand the personal responsibility for the environment and the concept of stewardship.

  • Our task as environmental educators in the twenty first century is to assist the overall process –

  • by striving to implement programmes of education that inform our students the complexities of the environment in which they are growing up, empower them to address environment and development issues in their lives and provide them with opportunities to be inspired by the joys, wonder and mysteries of the natural world and human achievement.


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not am inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.”

-Mahatma Ghandhi

It is quite obvious that an individual has to play the vital role for the protection of environment and the sustainable development concept will remain in existence if only the individual has taken initiative


A study on environmental ethics and role of an individual towards sustainable development

Thank You


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