|| 要旨トップ | 目次 |||日本生態学会第57回全国大会 (2010年3月，東京) 講演要旨|
Ecological literacy is necessary for understanding socio-ecological interactions, for making informed decisions about dealing with the numerous environmental problems through engagement in environmentally sustainable activities, and as a requisite component of education towards a sustainable, low carbon living. Two 90-minute lectures were given to university students after a preliminary survey was done using questionnaires to determine their level of knowledge of (and attitudes towards) ecological impacts of livestock production and its links to climate change. A ‘feedback’ survey to assess change in the level of knowledge and attitudes was done after each lecture. An aspect of the ‘feedback’ survey involved giving students take-home ‘notes’ on ecological definitions and concepts to read and answering the questionnaire afterwards. Results showed a significant increase in knowledge of ecological impacts of meat (livestock) production and its links to deforestation and climate change, and also some basic ecological terms and concepts. The adequacy of the media serving as sources of ecological information was low. The willingness of respondents to forego at least part of their unsustainable behaviors increased after the lectures. There were also changes in attitudes regarding several environmental issues that were values/ethics-related.