Promoting Knowledge of Climate Change (CC) amongst Cambodians: Implications for Education Managers

Sopheak Thav

Abstract


Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change. It helps young people understand and address the impact of global warming, encourages changes in their attitudes and behavior and helps them adapt to climate change-related trends. The implementation of pro-active, planned adaptation to reduce community vulnerability is strongly dependent upon people's awareness of the threat posed to their communities at the local level. With a focus on lecturers in agricultural universities in Cambodia, a group of people expected to be knowledgeable; this study set out to look at the concept, nature and scope of climate change, its types and causes, global impacts and specific impacts on Cambodia and, its knowledge and to assess their level of awareness and the extent to which they discuss it. The results from the academic staff of seven universities in Cambodia

(n=70) revealed that only 7.1% know very much of climate change and 28.6% never discussed it among themselves. Those who know and discuss it are mainly in the sciences whose areas of specialization and course contents are climate change related. Based on the findings, it was recommended that climate change clubs be established in universities. Lecturers of Education Management and Environmental Sciences should collaborate to man the clubs as well as organize Workshops and seminars on climate change from time to time to create awareness. They should also post slogans on climate change at strategic points on campus.


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