Ecology

Trees live close to us — in our backyards, gardens, fields, and road-sides. Their lives are intimately connected to the environment they grow in, an environment we know is changing. How are trees coping with the changing climate and weather patterns?

Art is a powerful medium to teach students about the importance of nature as it stimulates them to think and feel. This article explores a few simple art based activities that can be used to sensitize children to their local ecology and environment.

The interlinking of rivers seems like the answer to India’s water problems. An effective and fair method of ensuring that every part of the country receives an adequate supply of water and that nobody suffers for want of water. While the central government is decided and firm about going ahead with the project, we have to ask ourselves two questions, “What are the consequences?”, “Is this project worth it?”

When man first conceived a dam, it was an engineering feat he could be proud of. Not only would these structures control flood waters, but they would also help provide water to drought prone areas. They could irrigate fields. So are dams the solution to several of man’s problems? The power point presentation that follows will help the teacher discuss with his or her students what a dam is, how it functions, the different kinds of dams, and the reasons dams are being built.

In this article, the author shares her experience in teaching ecology to 16-year-olds. The aim was to expose the students to basic principles of ecology using different approaches that highlight these principles.

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