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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