'This is a very interesting book. It is a very good introduction to key issues without some of the hype found in Western texts... Certainly it should be a standard text in teacher training situations for the breadth of its approach. Many senior school students would find the overviews easier to understand than in some texts and could use the exercises as awareness training. Overall, a fascinating text' - TENews
'This text has been written by ten top ranking Indian specialists involved in different fields of environmental studies…. With current data organized in an interesting manner, the book makes stimulating reading and should encourage students to explore on their own and find out more about the topics under discussion. In addition to original case studies the book also contains tables, illustrations and figures elucidating the important points raised in the discourse…. Each chapter ends with evaluation exercises, a set of questions and discussions which can ideally be carried out within the classroom. All this is systematically followed by appendices, glossary and index…. It is a rich source of concise and accurate information. A must for all reference libraries' - www.dawn.com
This timely book addresses the issue of environmental sustainability and aims to raise awareness in people of the concerns within their own environments.
It identifies four key concepts: understanding how the Earth's natural systems work; accessing information about the state of the planet; acquiring tools and skills for productive and efficient environmental management; and committing to using natural resources sensitively and equitably. The book also uses case studies of individual and collective action and contains exercises and questions for discussion.
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About the Author
Kiran B Chhokar is a cultural geographer. She heads the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) Higher Education Programme, and has been visiting faculty at the Portland State University, USA. Dr Chhokar is also co-editor of Asian Women and Their Work: A Geography of Gender and Development (1998), and is the series editor of the Enviro Scope series of thematic manuals for college teachers, developed in collaboration with the World Resource Institute, USA. She is currently working with the University of Lancanshire, UK, on developing a blended learning programme on Ecotourism, Conservation and Development.
Mamata Pandya has been working at CEE since 1985. She previously taught at Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Mamata Pandya.s primary focus is on development of environmental education materials, in a variety of media, for both teachers and students. She has published extensively and her previous publications include Guide to Green Citizenship (2003) and Towards Sustainability: Learning from the Past, Innovating for the Future (2002).
Meena Raghunathan is currently Coordinator, Networking and Capacity Building, at CEE. She has been working in the area of environmental education for over 18 years. She has been involved in the development of educational materials for teachers and students, and has over several publications to her credit including The Green Reader: An Introduction to Environmental Concerns and Issues (co-editor). Ms Reghunathan is the Vice-Chair (South Asia) of the IUCN.Commission on Education and Communication, an international network of environmental educators.
Table of Contents
Preface Understanding Environment - Kartikeya V Sarabhai Ecology - Shivani Jain Biodiversity - Seema Bhatt Water - Avanish Kumar and Sarita Thakore Energy - Kiran B Chhokar Pollution - Hema Jagadeesan Agriculture - Kalyani Kandula The Urban Environment - Sunil Jacob and Vivek S Khadpekar Industry - Meena Raghunathan Climate Change and Ozone Depletion - Kiran B Chhokar, Mamata Pandya and Meena Raghunathan Population, Consumption and Environment - Kalyani Kandula Environment and Development: The Links - Kalyani Kandula Citizen Action Appendix 1: Environmental Law in India Appendix 2: International Environmental Agreements Glossary Index