Sunday, September 13, 2015

Environmental Ethics

There is an urgent need to inculcate sensitivity towards environmental degradation among people by fostering environmental ethical values.  Environmental Ethics attempts to define what is right and what is wrong regardless of cultural differences. We human beings have a fundamental duty towards nature to respect and care for the Earth, protect life-support systems, biodiversity and ensure sustainable development.
The following are the environmental ethical values to be inculcated:

  • Environmental consciousness
  • Humility and reverence
  • Responsibility and commitment
  • Respect for all forms of life and landscape
  • Global environmental citizenship
  • Self-reliance
  • Adoption of eco-friendly culture
  • Preservation of diversity on the planet
  • Sharing a common environment
The spectrum of environmental activities for inculcating environmental ethical values are:
  • Using recycled paper for notes and circulars
  • Diverting wastes from kitchen to the garden
  • Switching off unnecessary lights
  • Using bicycles or walking
  • Using public transport systems
  • Collecting rainwater
  • Avoiding usage of freshwater for gardening
  • Using cloth towels instead of paper towels
  • Avoiding unnecessary outdoor lighting
  • Organizing tree-plantation campaigns
  • Reducing volume of radio and television to reasonable levels
  • Listening to radio programs on environment and its problems
  • Organizing eco-clubs
  • Placing trash cans and dustbins around the college premises
  • Observing Environment day on 5th June and Earth day on 22nd April
  • Planting trees in and around the campus
  • Encouraging healthy lifestyles through balanced nutrition, exercise and yoga
  • Helping enforce environment protection laws
  • Staging short plays on environmental crisis to create environmental awareness
  • Conserving energy resources by avoiding unnecessary wastage of energy
  • Cutting and displaying pictures and newspaper cuttings depicting environmental crisis

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