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A Survey of Environment Awareness and Participation among

Osmania University Students


1. Introduction
Environment has become the major concern for people across the globe.

The

ecosystem is severely altered with the increase in the population and depletion of the natural
resources. The quality of environment is significantly altered due to loss of bio diversity, de
forestation activities, extinction of wild life and alarming rates of pollution of air, water and
soil. The frequency and intensity of Natural catastrophic disasters is also increasing resulting
in loss of lives and property. Human beings are exploiting the planet earth to satisfy their
greed and comforts of life without thinking about the future consequences. Hence, the need
for environmental education and awareness becomes paramount as an essential measure to
curtail the situation to a greater extent. The objective of environmental education includes
awareness, knowledge, attitudes, skills and participation of people in protecting the
environment (Kang and Chawla, 2011; Soundararajan, 2013; Kant and Sharma, 2013)
In 1978, the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organisation) Tbilisi Declaration mentioned the need of widespread use of environmental
education (EE) . During the Tbilisi Convention, environmental education was defined as: a
process of developing a world population that is aware of and concerned about the total
environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes,
motivation and commitment to work individually and collectively towards solutions of
current problems and the prevention of new ones.
Environmental education and awareness become very crucial in the context of
escalating environmental problems that need immediate attention of all people in the society.
There is a need to educate the public on environmental issues and promote action in order to
minimise the damage of the environment.
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The Geographical Association`s Environmental Education Working


Group (1980) defines Environmental Education (EE) as a multitude of
processes and activities by which an understanding of environment is
developed and through which caring and committed responses are
evolved.

Environmental

education

is

concerned

with

improving

knowledge, emotions, feelings, attitudes, and values.


Environmental

education

aims

at

producing

informed

and

responsible citizens capable of playing an active role in all matters


concerned with the environment in which we all inhabit (Maigari, 2002).
People need to be made aware of the importance of our environment in
which we live and the need to preserve and protect it, as well as the
consequences of our actions in the course of developmental activities.
Environmental Awareness is only possible when all sections of
people are motivated to understand the importance of all aspects of the
environment, the damage caused to the environment due to natural and
man-made disasters, evil effects of environmental damage and loss of
ecological balance on the human being and society at large. Hence
awareness is closely associated with knowledge, motivation, values and
participation.
Students of higher education are young, energetic and in the pursuit
of knowledge. The society looks upon them as they are the source of
future development. Environmental friendly development is required for a
safe and healthy future. The present study attempts to study the
environmental
students.
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awareness

and

participation

of

Osmania

University

I.

Objectives
The specific objectives of the study are to2.
3.
4.
5.

Study the level of environmental awareness among the respondents


Examine the extent of concern for the environment problems
Assess the respondents knowledge about environmental problems
Evaluate the level of respondents motivation and participation in
environment activities; and
6. Know the popular sources which respondents use to obtain
information about the environment.

III.

Review of Literature
Shazli Hasan Khan (2013) conducted a study on the environmental awareness among

secondary school students of Aligarh city, Uttar Pradesh. Study finds that there is no
significant level of awareness among senior secondary school students, but they could be
made aware if proper guidance and counselling is given to them about environment and
environment related awareness programmes.
Arunkumar J (2012) in the paper published in International Journal of Research in
Social Science, made an assessment of Environmental awareness among Teacher Trainees in
Tiruchirapalli district, Tamilnadu. The study carried out on 300 teachers reveals that the
teacher trainees have average environmental awareness.

Mohammed Yahaya Abbas and Ripudaman Singh (2012) studied the


environmental awareness, attitudes and participation of students of
Lovely Professional University, Punjab. Results from the study revealed
high level of environmental knowledge and positive attitudes towards the
environment

among

the

students,

but

low

level

participation

in

environmental protection activities. This implies that, other factors than


environmental knowledge and awareness may be the stimulants to induce

students`

active

participation

in

environmental

protection

and

improvement activities.
Vani Sarraju Rao (2011) submitted her Masters theses presented to San Jose
University on the topic Public Awareness about Global Warming in Hyderabad, India. Data
was collected from 850 respondents belonging to different occupations including students,
Government, Corporate Sector, Academia, NGOs, Media and Home makers. The analysis of
data using paired T-tests indicated differences in levels of awareness about global warming,
across age and education. Respondents associated global warming with the issue of air
pollution. They showed a tendency to advocate action by society and government rather than
by individual initiatives to address the problem.
Harju-Autti, P (2013) carried out his study on Measuring Environmental Awareness
in Nine States of India. The results showed that the best perceived state of the environment
was found in the Far Eastern states, the Northern states and Kerala. The best levels of
environmental awareness were found in Maharashtra, Far East states and West Bengal. Most
room for development for both the states of the environment and for the environmental
awareness was found in Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand.

IV.

Materials and Method


Data for the study is collected from the Students of Osmania

University by distributing a structured questionnaire to study the level of


awareness,

concern,

knowledge,

motivation

and

participation

in

environmental activities. The questionnaire is structured into three parts.


Part-I is meant to collect data on the demographic details of the
respondents.

Part-II

includes

questions

to

assess

the

extent

of

environmental awareness among the respondents. Part-III is intended to


elicit information about the care and concern of the respondents towards
environment and other environment aspects.
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Hundred questionnaires were distributed. Convenience sampling is


used to collect data from the respondents. Out of the total, 88 responses
are received on time. The data collected from the respondents is analysed
using SPSS software. The data is analysed and presented in the form of
tables and charts. Cross-tabulations were made where necessary. Simple
statistics like percentages and averages are used to analyse the data. Ttest is used to prove the validity of the Hypotheses framed.

V.
6.1.

ANALYSIS
Demographic Data about the Respondents
Table No.1 - Demographic Data of the respondents
Gender
Male
Female
Total

Level of Education
UG
PG
Total

Frequency
48
40

Percent
54.5
45.5

88

100.0

40
48

45.5
54.5

150
100
50
0

Female
Gender
Male

150
100
PG

50
88

100.0

UG

0
1

Age Group
18-22 Years
23-27 Years

48
34

54.5
38.6

28-32 Years

6.8

Total

60
40
20

88

100.0

0
18-22

Faculty
Social Science
Sciences
Sa
l e
s

Arts

22
36
6

25.0
40.9
6.8

23-27

28-32

Commerce

18

20.5

education

6.8

88

100.0

Total

1.
2.
3.

4.

6.2.

Social
Science

Sciences

Arts

Commerc
e

From the above Table No.1 the following observations


can be made:
education
Percentage of male students (54.5%) is slightly higher than that of
female students (45.5%)
More than half (54.4%) are in Post Graduate level and 45.5%
respondents are at UG level
Distribution of the respondents according to age group reveals that
Majority (38.6%) are in the age group of 23-27 years, followed by
54.4% in the age group of 18-22 years. The students in the age
group of 28-32 years are only 6.8%.
The respondents are distributed in the faculties of Science (40.9%),
Social Science (25%), Commerce (20.5%), Arts (6.8%),and education
( 6.8%)
Environmental awareness
Following Questions are posed to the respondents to assess their

awareness of the environment


1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

How many kinds of birds do you see in your neighbourhood (Other than Pigeons)
Which is the biggest dumping yard of municipal solid waste in Hyderabad
Which organization is responsible for the prevention and control of environmental pollution
Which organization is presently doing the job of garbage collection in your city?
Rate your level of environmental awareness
Rate your awareness about Global Warming
Most important reason for environmental pollution

Results
Table No.2: No. of Birds seen in the neighbourhood

Table

No. of Birds
2-4
5-7

Frequency
28
16

Percent
31.8
18.2

Valid Percent
31.8
18.2

Cumulative
Percent
31.8
50.0
59.1

8-10

9.1

9.1

>10

32

36.4

36.4

95.5

4.5

4.5

100.0

88

100.0

100.0

Do not know
Total

Awareness about the location of biggest dump yard


Biggest Dump Yard

Frequency

Percent

No.3:

1
2

Secunderabad
Dilshuknagar

50
10

56.8
11.4

Jawaharnagar

2.3

40

do not know

26

29.5

20

88

100.0

Total

60
Frequen
cy
Frequen
cy

Respondents are asked about the biggest dump yard in twin cities. Surprisingly, 56.8%
respondents felt that the biggest dump yard is located in Secunderabad, while it is a well known fact
that the Jawaharnagar dump yard is the biggest. In spite of the fact that media is reporting the severity
of the problems faced by people around jawaharnagar dump yard, only 2.3% respondents could
answer this question correctly. Considerable respondents (29.5%) reported their lack of awareness on
this aspect.
Table No.4: Respondents awareness about Organizations responsible for Prevention and Control of
Environmental Pollution
Orgn. Responsible for
prevention and control of
Pollution
PCB
Municipal Corporation

Frequency
26
40

Percent
29.5
45.5

2.3

RTC
Do not know

20

22.7

Total

88

100.0

Figure No.2: Organizations rated as responsible for Control of Environmental


Pollution

Frequency
PCB

Municipal
Corporation

RTC

Do not know

To know the awareness of the respondents regarding the organization


responsible for prevention and control of pollution only 29.5% responded
correctly by choosing the option Pollution Control Board. Large number of
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respondents (45.5%) felt that Municipal Corporation is the responsible body. It


can also be seen that 22.7% have truthfully admitted that they do not know the
answer to this question. Hence, it can be inferred that awareness on this aspect
is also very less among the students.
Table No.5: Respondents awareness about Organizations responsible for garbage collection
Orgn. Responsible for garbage
collection
Valid
PCB
Muncipal Corporation

Frequency
10
75

Percent
11.4
85.2

RTC

1.1

Do not know

2.3

88

100.0

Total

From Table No.5, it is clear that majority of the respondents (85.2%) answered this question
correctly. However it is a matter of concern that the remaining 14.8% are not aware of the important
aspect of the environment.
Table No.6: Level of Environmental Awareness among Respondents
Environmental
Awareness
Good
Average
Poor
Total

Frequency
28
48
12
88

Percent
31.8
54.5
13.6
100.0

Figure1: Environmental Awareness according to Gender


30
25
20

Male

15

Female

10
5
0

The respondents are asked to rate their level of awareness. Only 31.8% of them said that their
awareness level is Good. Majority respondents (54.4%) rated their awareness at Average level and
considerable respondents (13.6%) said that their awareness level is poor. Comparison of
Environmental awareness among men and women reveals that women rated their awareness as
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Good compared to men. More number of women rated their awareness as Poor compared to their
male counterparts.
Figure No. :Environmental awareness among different faculties.

30
25

Environmental
Awareness Good

20
15

Environmental
Awareness
Average

Environmental
Awareness Poor

10
5
0

From the figure it is evident that environmental awareness is slightly higher in Science
students followed by students of social sciences. Commerce students rated their awareness as Poor
while faculty of arts rated their awareness as Average
Table No.7: Level of awareness about Global Warming among Respondents

Awareness on
Global Warming
a Lot
Moderate
Little
Nothing
Total

Cumulative
Percent
40.9
65.9

Frequency
36
22

Percent
40.9
25.0

Valid Percent
40.9
25.0

22

25.0

25.0

90.9

9.1

9.1

100.0

88

100.0

100.0

Respondents awareness about Global Warming indicates that 40.9% of them know a lot
about it while 25% rated their awareness as Moderate and the other 25% respondents rated their
awareness as Little. However, considerable 9.1% said that their awareness about global warming is
NIL.
Table No.8: Reasons for environmental pollution
Reasons for Env. Pollution
Valid
Population
Lack of civic sense
lack of proper facilities

Frequency
16
2

Percent
18.2
2.3

9.1

All the above

62

70.5

Total

88

100.0

Majority of the respondents (70.5%) felt that Population increase; lack of civic sense and lack
of proper facilities for prevention of pollution are responsible for environmental pollution. However,
18.2% respondents chose population increase, 9.1% felt lack of facilities as the reasons contributing
to environmental pollution.

6.3.

Concern for environment problems


Following Questions are posed to the respondents to assess their

concern for the environment


1. Principal mode of Transportation
2. Most important environmental problem in the city
3. Ban the use of Plastic bags
4. Level of concern for the environment
5. To what extent does your concern for the environment influence your everyday behaviour
6. Willingness to pay little extra in tax if the money is spent on environment

Table No.9:Mode of Transportation used by the respondents


Mode of Transportation
Valid
Car/Van/Jeep
Two Wheeler

Frequency
6
16

Percent
6.8
18.2

Valid Percent
6.8
18.2

Cumulative
Percent
6.8
25.0

Bus/Train

58

65.9

65.9

90.9

Auto

9.1

9.1

100

Total

88

100.0

100.0

It is interesting to note that majority of the respondents (65.9%) are using


Public Transportation System for their conveyance. However, 18.2% of them are
using two wheelers and another 9.1% are using Auto for their transportation.
Nearly 7% of the respondents are using four wheelers. People are more
concerned about their convenience rather than concern for the environment in
terms of mode of transportation.
Table No.10: Important Environmental Problem rated by the respondents
Important Environmental
problem
Valid
Pollution
Water scarcity

10

Frequency
62
16

Percent
70.5
18.2

Water Quality

4.5

Loss of Greenery

6.8

Total

88

100.0

Majority of the Respondents (70.5%) felt that Pollution is the most


important environmental problem in Hyderabad followed by Water Scarcity as
indicated by 18.2% of the respondents.

Table No.11: Respondents opinion about ban of Plastic Bags


Ban on Plastic bags
Valid
Strongly agree
Agree

Frequency
62
20

Percent
70.5
22.7

Strongly disagree

4.5

Do not know

2.3

44

100.0

Total

Majority respondents (70.5%) strongly agree and 22.7% of them


agree to the proposition of ban on the plastic bags. It is interesting to
note that nearly 5% of them disagree to the proposition and another
2.3% said they do not know which means they are not bothered about
the problem.
Table no.12: Level of concern about environment among the
respondents
Level of Concern
Valid
Very Worried
Worried
Sometimes
Worried
Never Worried
Total

11

Frequency
26
34

Percent
29.6
38.6

27

30.7

1.1

88

100.0

The Level of concern is denoted by four options very much


worried, worried, sometimes worried and never worried. Most of the
students (38.6%) said that they are worried about the environment
problems around them while 29.6% said that they are very much
worried and another 30.7% said that they are sometimes worried. The
percentage of the students who said that they are never worried is
very negligible and can be ignored. Hence, it can be said that students
have positive attitude towards environmental concerns.

Table No.13: Influence of environmental concerns on daily activities of


the respondents
Influence of env. Concern on your
behaviour
Environment plays direct
role in evey day activities
Environment plays direct
role in some of my daily
activities

Frequency

I think of it during daily


activities but it doesn't
change my behaviour
Do not know
Total
Total

Percent

40

45.5

28

31.8

18

20.5

2.3

86

97.7

44

100.0

Analysis of the influence of environmental concerns on daily


activities of the respondents also revealed positive findings. Nearly half of
the respondents (45.5%) agreed that environment plays a direct role in
their day to day activities and another 32.8% of them said that
environment

influences

some

of

their

daily

activities.

Only

20%

respondents said it does not have any change in their behaviour.


Table No.14: Respondents opinion about paying extra tax for
environment
12

Extra spending on Env.


Valid
Strongly agree
Agree

Frequency
44
24

Percent
50.0
27.3

Disagree

12

13.6

Strongly disagree

6.8

Do not know

2.3

88

100.0

Total

Half of the respondents (50%) strongly agreed and another 27.3%


agreed to the proposition of paying extra tax if it is spent for the
purpose of environmental protection. Only 13.6% and 6.8% said that
they disagree and strongly disagree respectively to the proposition.
Again this analysis reveals positive attitude and concern for the
environmental protection.
6.4.

Knowledge about environmental problems


Following Questions are posed to the respondents to assess their

Knowledge about environmental problems


1. When is World Environment day observed

2. What are green house gases


3. Best Source of Energy

4. The poisonous gas released in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy

5. Cause of Hiroshima & Nagasaki disaster


Table No.15: Respondents knowledge about World Environment Day
World Environment day
is observed on
Valid
5th June
20th March

Frequency
66
8

Percent
75.0
6.8

5fth December

9.1

Do not know
Total

9.1

88

100.0

Majority (75%) respondents have good knowledge about the World


Environment Day. Out of the remaining, only 9.1% truthfully admitted that
they do not know the date on which World Environment Day is celebrated.
Table No.16: Respondents knowledge about Green House Gases

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Green House Gases are


Valid
Used in factories
Heat trapping
atmospheric gases

Frequency
24

Percent
27.3

26

29.5

Used in agriculture

6.8

Do not know

32

36.4

Total

88

100.0

Majority of the respondents do not know that Green House Gases are the
heat trapping atmospheric gases. Only 29.5% of the respondents
answered the question correctly and hence it can be said that the
respondents knowledge on this aspect is less.
Table No.17: Respondents knowledge about best source of Energy
Best Energy Source
Valid
Nuclear Energy
Solar Energy

Frequency
6
68

Thermal Energy

Percent
9.1
77.3

Valid Percent
9.1
77.3

Cumulative
Percent
9.1
86.4

2.3

2.3

88.6

do not know

10

11.4

11.4

100.0

Total

88

100.0

100.0

Majority (77.3%) of the respondents felt that Solar Energy is the


best source of energy compared to other energy sources.
Table No.18: Respondents knowledge about Bhopal Gas Tragedy
Gas released in Bhopal Gas
Tragedy
Valid
Carbon di oxide
Methane

Frequency
6
24

Percent
6.8
27.3

Methyl iso cyanate

38

43.2

Do not know

20

22.7

Total

88

100.0

Less than half (43.2%) respondents answered the question on the


gas released in Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Remaining 56.8 % do not know the
correct answer. Hence the knowledge on this level can be said to be
Average.

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Table No.19:

Respondents knowledge about Hiroshima & Nagasaki


Incident
Nagasaki & Hiroshima
people are victims of
Valid
Radiation Pollution
Oil spill

Frequency
52
8

Percent
59.1
9.1

Volcanic eruption

14

15.9

Do not know

14

15.9

Total

88

100.0

Nearly 60% respondents chose the right answer. The other 40% are
ignorant and do not have knowledge of the incident.
6.5.

Responsibility and Participation in environment activities


1. Who should take responsibility of protecting the environment
2. Whether participated in Environment activities
3. Level of Participation in Extension Activities
Table No. 20:

Responsibility of Environmental protection

Valid

Government
NGOs

Frequency
5
6

Percent
11.4
13.6

People/society

26

59.1

Industries

9.1

United Nations

4.5

43

97.7

Total
Missing

System

Total

2.3

44

100.0

Nearly 60% respondents felt that people and society at large should
take up the responsibility of protecting the environment. Out of the
remaining 40% respondents, 13.6% said NGOs, 11.4% said Government
should shoulder this responsibility. However, 4.5 % respondents said that
environment protection is the responsibility of the United Nations.

Table No.21: Respondents Participation in Environmental Activities


Participation in
Environmental
Activities

15

Frequency

Percent

Valid

Yes
No

23
21

52.3
47.7

Total

44

100.0

Only 52.3% respondents said that they have participated in


environmental activities. The rest of 47.7% have not participated in such
activities.
Table No.22: Respondents Level of Participation in environmental
activities
Level of
Participation
Low
Medium

Frequency
32
32

Percent
36.4
36.4

High

24

27.2

Total

88

100

High participation in environmental activities is observed to be less


at 27.2% while equal percentage of respondents opted for Medium and
Low participation.
An attempt is made to see if Environmental Awareness has any influence on the
Environmental Participation by the respondents.
Table No.24: Environmental Awareness influence on Environmental Participation
Level of Participation
High
Environmental
Awareness

Good
Average

10
12

Poor
Total

Medium
12
20

Total
Low

High
6
16

28
48

10

12

24

32

32

88

From the table above (table 24), cross-tabulation between students`


environmental

knowledge

and

participation

level

reveals

that,

respondents with low level awareness and low level participation are 10.
Similarly, those with low level awareness and participate moderately in
environmental activities are 0. And those with low level environmental
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awareness and fully participate in environmental protection activities is


only 2. This numerically reveals that, at low level of environmental
awareness there are very few people participating in environmental
protection and conservation activities. The number increases with the
increase in environmental knowledge at medium level and low level
participation recording 16 persons, 20 and 12 persons in medium and high
level participations respectively. So also, at high level awareness, 6
persons were recorded low participation, 12 persons at medium level
participation and 10 persons at high level participations.
Thus, collectively, there are 48 respondents ranking at Medium
environmental awareness level at all the three levels of participation, and
this indicates an average proportion of people being aware.

6.6.

Sources of information about the environment


Table No.23: Sources from which environment information is obtained
Valid

Cumulative
Percent
25.0
75.0

Frequency
11
22

Percent
25.0
50.0

Valid Percent
25.0
50.0

Others

13.6

13.6

88.6

both 1 and 2

11.4

11.4

100.0

44

100.0

100.0

Newspaper
TV and Radio

Total

From the above table, it is evident that majority of the respondents (50%) rated TV
and Radio as the important source of environment information. One fourths of the
respondents (25%) rated Newspapers as the important source. Some (11.4%) respondents said
that both Newspapers and TV/Radio are used to get information about the environment. Only
13.6% use other sources like Internet, Library to seek information.

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6.7.
Respondents suggestions
The questionnaire included two open ended questions to record their
suggestions to improve the environment and steps to be taken by the
Government towards protection of the environment.
For the first question on the role of the People for environmental
protection, the following suggestions were recorded.
No. of Respondents
1. People should stop using plastic bags
16
2. Chemicals from Industries should not be dumped in Hussain Sagar
8
3. Use less smoke emitting vehicles
22
4. Use public transport
10
5. Plant more trees
38
6. Form citizen groups and conduct mass awareness programmes
8
7. Throw waste only in the Garbage
6
8. Voluntary participation of Youth in environmental activities
2
9. Use media to spread awareness about environment
8
10.
Population Control
2
11.
Use solar energy
4
12.
Control Noise pollution
2
For the question on the steps to be taken by the Government for
environmental protection, following suggestions are received:
No. of Respondents
1. Ban on Cigarettes
8
2. Afforestation / Increase forest cover
18
3. Plant more trees on the road sides
4
4. Effects of pollution in Media
2
5. Appoint volunteers to spread awareness
14
6. Strict administrative action
8
7. Impose punishment to those who cause threat to environment
2
8. Introduce environmental education from school level
10
18

9. Display hoardings about environment at important junctions


4
10.
Allocate more budget for environment
2
11.
Collect tax for environment and use it strictly for
environmental purposes
6
12.
More waste recycling plants to be established
6

VI.

Findings

1. Awareness
Only 2.3% respondents knew that the biggest dump yard is at jawaharnagar.
Only 29.5% respondents Pollution control Board as the control and regulatory
authority for Pollution control
Most of the respondents (85.2%) knew that MCH is doing the garbage
collection
Only 31.8% rated themselves as having high level of environmental awareness
Forty percent respondents rated themselves as having good knowledge on
Global Warming
From the analysis, for majority of the questions, the correct response was less
than fifty percent. Hence Awareness levels of the respondents can be said to be low.

2. Concern

Majority of respondents strongly agreed to the proposition of ban on Plastic


bags
Nearly half (46.5%) respondents felt that environment directly plays a role
in their daily activities
About 30% of the respondents said that they are very worried about the
environment and 38.6% said they are worried.
Half of the respondents strongly agreed to spend extra money for the sake
of environment.

In the light of the above findings it can be said that the respondents have positive
attitude and concern for the environment.

3. Knowledge

Majority respondents (75%) knew that World Environment Day


falls on June 5th every year
Only 29.5% respondents knew that Green House Gases are
heat trapping atmospheric gases.
Near 43.2% respondents knew that Methyl Iso Cyanate
poisonous gas was released in Bhopal Gas Tragedy

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More than half of the respondents (59.1%) know that People of


Hiroshima and Nagasaki are victims of Radiation Pollution
77% respondents said that Solar Energy is the best energy
resource.
More than half (54.5%) respondents rated themselves as
having average level of environmental awareness
In the light of the above findings, it can be said that respondents
have average level of knowledge on the aspects of the environment.

4. Participation
52.3% respondents said that they have participated in
environment related activities
27.2% respondents rated their participation in environmental
activities as high.
Women lagged behind on environmental awareness and hence
special awareness programmes are needed to educate them.

VI.

Conclusion
The

study

surveyed

and

investigated

university

students

environmental awareness level, Knowledge of environment, as well as


their level of participation in environmental activities. Results from the
study revealed that a significantly higher proportion of students exhibited
average levels of awareness and knowledge about environment.

In the

contrary, the study also revealed that, respondents have spite of high
level of concern for the environment. They showed low level participation
in environmental activities. In other words, students though have concern
for environments are not showing active interest on environmental
problems. Hence there is a need to explore the factors that have a direct
influence and stimulate them to undertake environmental protection
activities. Conducting awareness programs in the campus, involving them
in environmental activities are important measures for improving student

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participation. Encouraging the students to participate in seminars also


enhances their awareness and knowledge of the environment. Motivating
and capturing the immense potential of Students towards environmental
issues go a long way to strengthen the cause of environment.

Suggestions for Further Research


1. Comparative studies on environmental awareness among students
of different colleges and Universities
2. Studies on environmental awareness among people working in
different sectors on a larger scale can be taken up by the
researchers
3. Studies can be made to find out the factors that influence and
motivate the students towards environment
4. Studies on the environmental components in the curriculum from
school level to higher education will be useful to the planners and
administrators of Higher education.
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