Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 12 : 9 September 2012
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
         Sam Mohanlal, Ph.D.
         B. A. Sharada, Ph.D.
         A. R. Fatihi, Ph.D.
         Lakhan Gusain, Ph.D.
         Jennifer Marie Bayer, Ph.D.
         S. M. Ravichandran, Ph.D.
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         L. Ramamoorthy, Ph.D.
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Environmental Concern: An Attitudinal and Behavioural Analysis of Working Women in Coimbatore

M. Nagesh Kumari, Ph.D.

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Human life depends on the environment for its survival. Environmental Economics mainly builds its theoretical foundation on Welfare Economics. Economists have considered environmental degradation as a market failure. Externalities can cause market failure. The environment has got a very close relationship with economics. This relation deals with the welfare of the society and the growth theories of economics. Economic growth and environmental balance both oppose each other. To achieve a higher economic growth, resources have to be exploited and environment has to be harmed. Environmental balance can only be obtained, if resources are not exploited and pollution is not formed. This leads to low economic growth. It can be seen that both of them are needed for the economy and they oppose each other. The only solution is controlling the scale of pollution and optimal use of the resources. Since consumers themselves are major contributors to environmental degradation and pollution, any environmentally responsible behaviour on the part of society can go a long way in integrating the problem of depletion of natural resources and bringing down pollution levels. This increasing concern for the environment will result in demand for green products and life with quality environment which leads to sustainable development.

According to the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEPs) Global Environment Outlook –3 (GEO-3) report released in the year 2002, over 70 per cent of the earth land surface could be affected by the impact of road, mining, cities and other infrastructure development in the next 30 years unless urgent action is taken. The potential for doing irreparable environmental harm is increasing with the increase in world population. It is projected that world population will increase to 9 billion by 2050 from the current 6 billion.

The World Wildlife Fund’s (2000) Living Planet Report, found that the state of the earth’s natural ecosystems have declined by about 33 per cent in the last 30 years, while the ecological pressure of humanity on the earth has increased by about 50 per cent. All of this led to the realization that the current behaviour of people toward their environment needs to change, implying that people need to learn how to behave in an environmentally responsible way.

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M. Nagesh Kumari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
PSGR Krishnammal College for Women
Tamil Nadu

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