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Environmental education as a tool for raising awareness about the damage caused by air pollution

Abstract

Claudia Ramos de Rainho Ribeiro, Claudia Alessandra Fortes Aiub, Israel Felzenszwalb

Environmental education is a tool that helps people tackles socioenvironmental problems and conflicts. It is designed to educate the population about the problems caused to human health and the planet. In the present work we analyzed how students understand the effects of atmospheric air pollution. We worked with elementary schoolchildren and a group of youths and adults, both from CIEP Leonel de Moura Brizola, a school in Rio de Janeiro. We told the younger children a story and asked them to make posters about the problems we had presented. We gave a seminar to the youths and adults, which was followed by a discussion on the damage caused by air pollution. The school teachers were also present at these activities. Our observations suggest that the pupils understood the subject well. Both groups were able to suggest ways of decreasing the emission of pollutants, but the elementary schoolchildren were more participative. We suggest that environmental education should be geared towards the interests of the group of students in question.

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