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Growing Environmental Awareness for the Better Earth

It’s great to see more and more people understand the adverse environmental effects of human activities. This awareness has been growing for about a century, but has picked up momentum in these past two decades. Evidence of deep support for environmental protection is shown within the growing movement of environmentally conscious communities and government policies in the form of waste management programs or those alike to support sustainable consumption and production (SCP). Furthermore, the United Nations (UN) also contributes in growing the world’s environmental awareness through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SDG 4, quality education. (Source: IS Global)

Each goal of SDGs are interrelated with each other, meaning that when we try to achieve one goal, it might link to another and thus contribute to a good impact in general. For instance, to spread the less waste ‘virus’, that means you’re implementing three goals at once: Goal 4 about equality education, Goal 12 about sustainable consumption and production, and Goal 13 about climate action.

SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This includes accessible facts about the adverse environmental effects of human activities, waste management knowledge, and the comprehension of sustainable consumption and production for all. Overall, it’s everyone’s rights to be on the same level of environmental awareness. 

What is environmental awareness?

Environmental awareness is to understand the fragility of our environment and the importance of its protection. Promoting environmental awareness is a modest way to participate in creating brighter prospects for our future generations.

Human connection with nature can be enhanced with environmental awareness. (Source: Craig Stennet/Alamy Stock Photo)

Initiating small changes in our life is one easy way to live more environmentally aware. An individual’s smallest action could affect the environment, and it will have a good impact if it’s done collectively. A good example would be, we could try to not contribute to the resources pollution, using eco-friendly products, and implementing sustainable consumption and production. Once we’re well versed in environmental issues, we can use that knowledge to start beneficial projects in our community.

Environmental awareness is an integral part of the movement’s success. By teaching our friends and family that the physical environment is fragile and indispensable, we can begin fixing the problems that threaten it. By then, we’re practicing four goals at a time: Goal 4 about equality education, Goal 12 about sustainable consumption and production, Goal 13 about climate action, and Goal 15 about protecting and restoring life on land; unintentionally.

Why is it important?

It’s an undeniable fact that almost every human activity in the modern world has an adverse impact on the environment. Vehicle emission, deforestation, and increasing amount of landfill dump caused by improper waste management at domestic level. Therefore, it is our responsibility to improve our environmental awareness and change our behaviour.

Issues such as climate change are also putting many species at risk of extinction as they cannot adapt to the new weather conditions. All ecosystems are connected, so the extinction of a species that may seem inconsequential has substantial consequences for humanity.

Environmental awareness is needed as mankind’s collective act of preserving nature. The image depicts ladies protecting Mbeliling Mountain, East Nusa Tenggara. (Source: Muhammad Meisa/BirdLife International)

Even if the link between our behaviour and the severe environmental issues isn’t clear, it doesn’t mean we won’t be affected by the consequences. This is why it’s so important to take responsibility for protecting the environment wherever we can.


Greeneration Foundation is also supporting SDG Goal 4 about quality education and Goal 12 about sustainable consumption and production through our programs: Bebas Sampah ID Library where you can access various information regarding waste issues; Citarum Repair which aims to significantly reduce ocean plastic pollution by delivering river cleaning; and Indonesian Children Care for the Environment (ICCFTE), where we aim to educate children on environmental awareness through eco-friendly lifestyle such as reducing and managing waste especially food waste.

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