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Description - Understanding Environment by Kiran Chhokar

Designed as a basic text for foundation and undergraduate courses in Environmental Studies, this book introduces students to key scientific concepts related to environment and sustainable development. It provides a comprehensive understanding of environmental concerns and issues with special reference to the Indian context. The primary objective of the book is to create an awareness of the environment. It conceptualizes the environment as a multidimensional and complex living system and describes the interlinkages that make up this system. The presentation is supported by relevant examples and case studies to contextualize the information given. Questions and self-learning exercises are provided at the end of each chapter to assist students to understand and apply the content in their immediate environment. Specifically, the book: - Highlights the interconnectedness of phenomena in real life, and the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of environmental studies. - Presents case studies to highlight examples of individual and collective action that have 'made a difference'. - Provides self-learning exercises for each chapter to help develop skills of observation, data collection, analysis, synthesis and presentation. Written in a non-technical manner and supported by attractive illustrations, this text will be welcomed not only by students but by anyone interested in understanding the environment. It is specially relevant as it is being published on the eve of the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761932772
ISBN-10: 0761932771
Format: Paperback
(241mm x 184mm x 15mm)
Pages: 331
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 8-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kiran Chhokar

Kiran B Chhokar is a cultural geographer. She heads the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) Higher Education Programme, and has been visiting faculty at the Portland State University, USA. Dr Chhokar is also co-editor of Asian Women and Their Work: A Geography of Gender and Development (1998), and is the series editor of the EnviroScope series of thematic manuals for college teachers, developed in collaboration with the World Resource Institute, USA. She is currently working with the University of Lancanshire, UK, on developing a blended learning programme on Ecotourism, Conservation and Development. Mamata Pandya has been working at CEE since 1985. She previously taught at Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Mamata Pandya.s primary focus is on development of environmental education materials, in a variety of media, for both teachers and students. She has published extensively and her previous publications include Guide to Green Citizenship (2003) and Towards Sustainability: Learning from the Past, Innovating for the Future (2002). Meena Raghunathan is currently Coordinator, Networking and Capacity Building, at CEE. She has been working in the area of environmental education for over 18 years. She has been involved in the development of educational materials for teachers and students, and has over several publications to her credit including The Green Reader: An Introduction to Environmental Concerns and Issues (co-editor). Ms Reghunathan is the Vice-Chair (South Asia) of the IUCN.Commission on Education and Communication, an international network of environmental educators.