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Nature is fascinating.  It embodies the spirit of the creator.  The soft green leaf moving gently in the breeze, the drop of dew quivering on the petal of a rose, the koel singing hidden in a mango grove, all are so enchanting, so enthralling.   No less is the child with its hazel eyes, silken hair, rosy cheeks, toothless mouth and tender skin.   Its father, the man, too is very handsome and is perhaps the most unique creation of God.  Unique in the sense, that it is man who has made the world so comfortable to live in.   But for him, nature would not have been so enjoyable as it is.   He has converted wild forests into parks, gardens, orchards and cities, and deserves all praise for that.   But in doing that and in his attempts to make life more and more comfortable, he often destroyed forests thoughtlessly, polluted air and water recklessly, despoiled nature ruthlessly. The inevitable consequence has been an ominous deterioration of  the environment.

Rapid degradation of the environment & upsetting of ecological balance is eventually going to lead us to a disastrous situation unless urgent measures are put in place. We must remember, we have borrowed this environment from our children - it belongs to them and they have to spend their lives in it. But the way we are treating the environment leading to its rampant destruction, I wonder how will our children survive on this planet? It seems that there will be no safe water for drinking, no clean air to breathe and no safe food to eat for them. Have we ever paused and thought on these lines? Perhaps Yes - but not with due seriousness. Had we done that, the situation would have been far better than it is today. It is, therefore, urgent that we may diagnose this malady and adopt preventive and curative measures.

Not to sound like an alarmist, I must admit that the awareness and concern for environmental issues has increased tremendously in the past few years. What is heartening is the proactive role being played by the NGOs and the JUDICIARY, forcing people and governments to act. It is not that concern for environmental issues has suddenly dawned on mankind but because now we can not afford to take the environment for granted and turn a blind eye to its awesome neglect and plundering,   for it has a direct bearing on the very existence of the humanity.

The government has taken steps for the conservation of environment and enacted laws for their implementation. However, it is not the enactment of laws, but the will of the masses to follow them,  which will actually make a difference in the situation. That calls for an ATTITUDNAL  CHANGE amongst the masses. How does one bring about this attitudinal change?  It would be most prudent to start moulding the mind, thinking and actions of  an individual from the infancy stage in order to make care and respect for environment a part of their personality – a trait imbibed during the formative years!  Education  is thus the prime media by which the environmental awareness can be spread.  It is with these thoughts in mind that the Honourable Supreme Court has made environmental education a must in schools.  It also needs to be propagated in a non formal manner to cover the vast population of people who are deprived of structured education in our country.

Environmental education is education through, about and for environment.   Its scope is, therefore, very wide.  It begins from using environment as a medium of learning, and includes all that Kalidasa, Guru Nanak, Wordsworth and others have said in appreciation of nature and also all that scientists and scholars have disclosed about our physical and social environment, and finally it includes all that we say and do for conserving our resources and for beautifying our surroundings including urban and country planning.   One of the ways is to educate the youth about environment by including it in their routine.  

The environment in which children grow up is beautiful and lustrous. Then why is it that their learning process today is devoid of any interaction with environment?  Why not teach about a bird or a butterfly when children are attracted by it, instead of teaching the topic within the leaden walls of the classroom? In short, a lot of teaching-learning can be carried out through environment.  And that is the first aspect of environmental education. Its second aspect covers teaching-learning about environment.  That is important, for man has to tackle his environment everyday for his survival, sustenance and prosperity.  He cannot isolate himself from the environment under any circumstances. Right from birth, infancy, childhood to adulthood he moves about in his neighbourhood and in the community participating in the activities of many secondary and tertiary groups.  A third aspect of environmental education is education for environment.  Environment during the present century has undergone revolution. Population has exploded, natural resources are being increasingly depleted and technological growth has been phenomenal, resulting in unprecedented air, water and noise pollution, land dereliction and accumulation of pesticide residues.

In short, it can be said that environmental education is education through environment, about environment and for environment.  It is both a style and subject-matter of education.  In so far as the style is concerned, it means using environment as a teaching-learning aid and as an approach to education.  In so far as the subject matter is concerned, it means teaching about the components and constituents of environment.  In so far as the teaching for environment is concerned, it means controlling the environment, establishing proper ecological equilibrium which entails proper use and conservation of resources and also involves control of environmental pollution.  It also includes proper environmental planning so that environment is not only functionally useful but is also aesthetically enjoyable.  This aspect would include horticultural, rural and urban planning.

At DEEKSHA we continue to firmly believe in the famous quote

"Inside each of us are powers so strong, treasures so rich, possibilities so endless, that to command them all to action would change the history of the world"

We hope to do that with the blessings and support of our fellow citizens…….