Classrooms will turn green soon if a proposal by the ministry of environment and
forests (MEF) to introduce environmental
lessons for students and professionals is
approved. MET has set up a committee
headed by V H Easwaran, former director
of the Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development, to devise formal environment education programmes.
T George Joseph, joint secretary in
MEF and a committee member, points out
that as most aspects of planning and
industrial processes have environmental
implications, they should be reoriented
along environmental lines. He also
stressed the need for trained manpower
in environmental economics, environmental accounting and auditing, environmental law and environmental management policy.
The panel will recommend a curriculum that will integrate environmental
concerns in all walks of life. It will
review training in resource management,
pollution control and environmental education in schools and universities.
Easwaran says, "It is important to
impart environmental training at the primary level and carry it through to the
professional level, so that youngsters do
not grow up with a narrow vision of
development, dismissing environment from their concerns."
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