columnBy Bekai Njie
Hello readers, it is my pleasure to announce and welcome you to the resumption of the Environment column. Our esteemed readers would recall that this column used to be regular on this paper, featuring crucial environmental facts, programmes and stories meant to create awareness on the devastating effects of environmental degradation and evoke debates on the menacing threats of climate change and way forward.
The gravity of issues surrounding our environment particularly in relations to development has offered a compelling need to step up our responsibility to educate and enlighten the people; hence the need to bring it back after a long absence.
Therefore in this column we intend to highlight relevant aspects of environment and its related development issues. It is aimed at educating and informing our readership in a broader perspective so that all hands can be on deck to combating contemporary challenges the world faces in environmental preservation, and towards curbing environmental destruction.
Moreover, the column would also avail readers the opportunity to express their views and thoughts on environmental issues both at national and global levels, with a view to enhance public participation on core environmental matters.
What is Environment?
To begin with we wish to share with you the potential meaning of environment from different perspectives. For some, environmental education is the study of the relationships and interactions between dynamic natural and human systems. This includes learning in the field as well as the classroom; develops awareness, increases knowledge, builds skills, and creates the capacity for stewardship and good citizenship regarding the environment upon which we depend for life support and also promote school and community partnership among host of others.
However, many argued that the actual definition of environment is the influences and resources in a system. This includes our surroundings, our houses, our gardens, our towns, the hills and rivers, the ocean, the air among others. The natural environment encompasses all living and non-living things occurring naturally on earth or some region thereof. It is an environment that encompasses the interaction of all living species.
This is therefore what we intend to discuss with our readers: the various types of environment and their effects, its relationship with development, so as to raise awareness, increase knowledge, build skills, and create the capacity for stewardship and good citizenship regarding the environment, upon which we depend for life support.