Monday, March 30, 2009

Educating Children on the Conservation of the Environment

By: Omar A. Jassim

Children are the best group to teach about environment. The war in Iraq has mostly affected the children because they are too young to understand what environmental pollution is.

After the war, the basic needs of people such as water and food are mostly polluted by the chemical weapons used by the US army. This also has increased the rate of dangerous diseases. Hence, it is very important to educate Iraqis children on environmental awareness.

After all they are exposed to pollution that comes from sources like the schools, houses and public places. In the house the sources include gas, cigarettes and soap, while in school the sources include water pollution, disease transmission such as gastrointestinal illness, disorders and cancer. The impact of these diseases can lead to brain development that can cause methemoglobinemia. In addition, children’s immune systems are less developed than that of adults.

Nation without healthy children is a nation without a future and without tomorrow. The children of Iraq are exposed to gases of bomb and weapons because of the war. Children must be educated in having a healthy environment and must understand the risks of environment. Awareness in the children about environment and verities of pollution is very important for the creating less pollution as it reduces the illness in children and creates the awareness on environmental risks.

I suggest that awareness on environment should become an important scientific article in the education in Iraqian schools. Some of the science articles which are covered at present are not of importance to the environment. Thus, we can create awareness in the present generation to preserve the environment and find solutions to the mistakes committed by their predecessor.

photo by: Omar A. Jassim

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