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Students can do a lot to do their part in conserving the environment. First of all, they can start a recycling program in school if they are not already there. They can also help to educate their parents on the importance of the environment by doing things such as recycling and conserving energy.
First and foremost, students have to realize that they can be part of the solution. Standing up and being an example in schools, their homes, and their communities is a good place to start. Start education programs about the conspicuous waste in our communities. Start recycling at home and in school. Encourage parents to buy recycled and recyclable products.
Students can be powerful advocates for conservation of natural resources and limiting waste. One example I have seen in my own work in a school was a student who campaigned to have a recycle bin placed in every classroom for paper to be recycled. The student developed this campaign as a community service project for a club he belonged to. He wrote an article for the student newspaper as well as the local papers, got the support of the administration, and was able to have the bins placed before the end of that school semester.
I think that students can become involved in recycling programs within their school and community. They also can work to make sure that people in their community are informed of the benefits in conserving our natural resources.
In general, the role of students is no different than the role of anyone else. We must all stop using so many resources. But students may be able to help make this happen in a few ways that most adults cannot:
- Many adults are set in their ways and are not open to change. Students can try to get their parents to become more conscious of the environment. Teens can help make sure their families recycle, turn off unnecessary lights and appliances, etc. By doing this they can get their parents used to doing these things.
- Students can study subjects that will allow them to make a big difference in the future. They can learn about making green technology, for example.
Other than that, the role of students does not seem very different to me than the role of other people.
This is a good and practical question. Students can get involved in many ways. And quite frankly they should probably get involved in view of the damage already done to the environment. There are several things that they can do. Here are a few suggestions. First, they could educate themselves. Perhaps they can do a project for school and even get credit. Second, when they have learned enough, they can share this with others. Third, they can seek to make their schools and homes more environment friendly, if it is not already. Lastly, they can think about larger community projects.
It seems as if the question is more along the lines of what students can do to be active agents of environmental awareness. I think that the effect students have on the dwindling natural resources is negligent in comparison to the companies and economic forces that use them as plateaus towards economic growth. In my mind the question is more driven towards how can students become participants in helping to reverse or mitigate this trend. One particular way this can be done is to help gear scientific education towards an environmental ethic of care for the ecological balance of the planet. This might involve teaching units on ecosystems and biomes with a practical disposition or discussing with students how waste, in any form, endangers the planet. This could be where a discussion or application of conservation would be evident. In the final analysis, students have to be exposed to not only why it is important to practice ecological balance but how they have power to reverse this. In the process, education is seen as teaching students that power, in all of its forms, has to come from the "bottom up," starting with the notion of collective solidarity and social cohesion over a particular cause of change.
Students can become active in all areas of conservation. A good site is:
There, students can get involved in all sorts of ways. Also check out websites such as:
There are so many resources available such as 350.org
Due to selective and excessive exploitation of natural resources without proper management practices for their regeneration and due to destruction of certain natural ecosystems, there is an extinction of species. Once a species becomes extinct, that combination of gene pool is permanently lost and man no more can recover it for future use. Therefore conservation of natural resource is all the more important. Each disappearing species takes with it other dependent species of insects or higher animals etc.
Management actions for the conservation of natural resources tasks which include the following:
1) We must develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the total environment and its allied problems as regards natural resources.
2) We must gain a variety of experiences and acquire a basic understanding of the environment and its associated problems of natural resources.
3) We should acquire a set of values and feelings of concern for the environment and the motivation for active participation in environmental improvement and protection of natural resources.
4) We should also acquire skills for identifying and solving problems regarding natural resources.
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