Environmental perceptions and knowledge among political leaders in the Eastern Cape Province and some implications for environmental policy

Mbengashe, Pauline Maria (1997) Environmental perceptions and knowledge among political leaders in the Eastern Cape Province and some implications for environmental policy. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The environmental and development challenges facing South Africa are closely linked with the political and economic inequalities of ·the past. The achievement of sustainable. development will require social and political change. Protection and conservation of the environment, improving environmental knowledge and understanding, the participation of all citizens, effective environmental management, inclusive and implementable policies and legislation, are all necessary components of sustainable development. These requirements are in line with the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and Agenda 21, a programme of action coming out of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED 1992) This study explores the environmental perceptions and knowledge of some representative Eastern Cape political leaders. The aim of the study was to share views on environmental issues, concerns and strategies that might lead to improved environmental under~tanding, informed policy change and effective environmental management. Different environmental ideologies were a~lso explored because of the political and ideological nature of the concepts 'environment' and 'education'. Data was collected from semi-structured interviews undertaken with ten political leaders in the Eastern Cape Province Legislature. The study revealed a general awareness and understanding of environmental issues with unsupported indepth knowledge and detailed information. The political, development, social and economic dimensions of the environment were emphasised more than the ecological and physical aspects. The need for environmental information, policies and legislation was recognised. Both formal and non-formal environmental education were emphasised. The need to redefine environmental education and make it more relevant, problem solving and action oriented was also emphasised. The challenge is to improve environmental understanding and making environmental information available to political leaders, government officials and citizens in general.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Environmental education, Policy, South Africa, Eastern Cape
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Irwin, Pat
ID Code:3928
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:01 Nov 2012 10:15
Last Modified:01 Nov 2012 10:15
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