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    Environmental Education

Through awareness and outreach activities CARESS seeks to inform the public (students, teachers, fishermen, women, policy makers, resort owners and tourists) of the broad environmental issues linked to various ecosystems such as the Coral reefs, Mangroves, Himalayas and their adaptations to climate and the interactions of people and the environment in which they live.

CARESS conducts children's camps and teachers training workshops to provide coastal environment orientation to school education. We use various outreach activities such as quiz, games, drawing and painting competitions, seminars, field trips, puppet shows, role plays, street rally to get the message across.

Our program "The children's perception of the environment" provides an educational experience and is designed to promote better understanding of how nature works and to create an appreciation for the value of our natural heritage in order to guide the children to live more sustainably on the planet. It is an action research program for students and creates awareness through the following stages.

  1. What do we know? (our knowledge)
  2. What do we want to know? (articulating the problem)
  3. How do we go about it? (planning the research, field trip,computer search)
  4. What have we learnt? (zeroing in on key learnings)
  5. How do we communicate our key learnings. (language and creativity)

By the end of the program students will be able to understand:

  1. Basic ecology of ecosystems using the metaphor of a village or city life to explain how the ecosystem functions.
  2. The functional role of key species in the ecosystem and how they collectively form the web of life.
  3. The many connections humans have to the environment.
  4. How the fundamental principles of ecology (energy, matter, biodiversity/adaptations, connections) can serve as a guideline for better design of sustainable human communities.

In this manner it is hoped to create stewards for the environment and foster responsible behaviour towards cultural and environmnet biodiversity, create demand for change, and the development of responsive policy and practical conservation solutions.

CARESS networks with global and regional partners in order to bring global concerns to the local level and highlight local concerns at the global level.

Mangrove Field Trip Havelock
Reef Study Minicoy
Tropic Chart