Environment literally means “surrounding in which we are living”. Environment includes all those things on which we are directly or indirectly dependent for our survival, whether it is living component like animals, plants or non-living component like soil, air water. The scope of geography and environment studies is geoecosystem or simply whole ecosystem as a whole.
studies human interaction with the environment in the interests of solving complex problems such as climate change impacts, raising temperature and sea-level, toxic impacts of fossil fuels extraction and fracking, and pollution (air, water and land). It is a broad field of study that includes also the natural environment, built environment, and the sets of relationships between them. The field encompasses study in basic principles of ecology and environmental science, as well as associated subjects such as geography, ethics, policy, politics, law, economics, philosophy, environmental sociology and environmental justice, planning, pollution control, waste management and natural resource management.
As consumer demand for sustainable products and services continues to grow, it has never been more important for businesses to understand the impacts and benefits of sustainable practices. It is well recognised that businesses must have robust environmental strategies to succeed in the 21st century. Chief Executive Officers have to consider carbon footprints, sustainable practices, CSR, global climate change, and waste management issues.
There are environmentally sensitive issues which have resulted in an increase of related legislation and policies. However, there is no substitute for a good and sustainable business plan. The benefit of this degree is that it gives you the knowledge and skill to do both.
In addition, some business activities require a knowledge of the environment. In the aquaculture industry, for example, biological knowledge is required to raise fish, prawns, algae and other crops, which could only be advanced with JSES B.A. in Environmental Studies degree. Overall, you will learn about key sustainability issues, such as energy, water and waste management, and develop an appreciation of the interrelationships between environmental sustainability and business success.
The key takeaway here is that Environmental study is a multidisciplinary academic field that studies human interaction with the environment systematically in order to solve complex problems. Therefore, this degree is for any and every student irrespective of their High School education background (commerce, arts or science).
Environmental studies are the scientific study of the environmental system and the status of its inherent or induced changes on organisms. It includes not only the study of physical and biological characters of the environment but also the social, legal and cultural factors and the impact of humans on environment.
Unlike environmental science, which focuses mainly on the scientific component of these environmental issues, environmental studies investigate the scientific and the humanitarian aspects. Students of environmental studies learn the causes, effects, and possible solutions to address important environmental problems.
With the current rate of consumption of natural resources, it will be depleted far too fast for future generations to survive. Environmental education helps students understand how their decisions and actions affect the environment. It builds knowledge and skills necessary to address complex environmental issues and helps the people to understand the repercussions caused by over-exploitation and act accordingly.
The importance’s of environmental studies are as follows:
In today’s world because of industrialization and increasing population, the natural resources has been rapidly utilised and our environment is being increasingly degraded by human activities, so we need to protect the environment.
In order to achieve environmentally sustainable economic growth at all levels, all (youth, adult and old) of us needs to be aware and well-informed about the environment and its impact on the surroundings.
It is not only the duty of government but also the people to take active role for protecting the environment, so protecting our environment is economically more viable than cleaning it up once, it is damaged.
The role of JSES will be integral to make people aware regarding environment and how to participate better in environmental decision-making which is just and fair for not just present generation but the future ones too.
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The term ‘Ecology’ is derived from Greek word ‘Oekologue’ which is composed of two words:
Environmental study is a multidisciplinary academic field that studies human interaction with the environment systematically in order to solve complex problems. The field encompasses study in basic principles of ecology and environmental science, as well as associated subjects such as geography, history, ethics, policy, law, economics, political and earth science, biology and chemistry, philosophy, environmental sociology and environmental justice, planning, pollution control, waste management, natural resource management, among other disciplines