Environmental problems such as climate change, ozone layer depletion, global warming, and so on are now growing at an alarming rate. Many of this problem are believed to be increasing due to human impacts as a result of irresponsible environmental behaviours, which is highly influenced by the attitudes people possess The research survey was carried out to find out the environmental attitude of respondents and their opinion on environmental issues facing Australia and the world at large. The aim of this study is to determine how some of the demographic characteristics affect environmental attitudes of the students surveyed. Thus, the differences between the environmental attitudes of the students will be explained. This study aims to find the answers to these questions: Are there any differences between the environmental attitudes of students surveyed and the degree they are enrolled in? Is there a difference in environmental attitudes to their gender? Is there a difference in environmental attitudes to their socio-economic status? Data was collected using an environmental attitude questionnaire which was administered to students in ENVS1701 and GEOG1001 of Flinders University, Forty two respondents were received. In order to get a balance view from respondents the questionnaire has a section that asked questions on the demography of respondents which was aimed at collecting data such has age, gender, degree studied, LGA, household and type of dwelling place. Figure 1 below shows that of 100% that responded to the survey 54.8% were female, 42.9% were male while the remaining 2.4% were missing.
Table1 shows that 41 respondent indicated their age with a mean value of 24.12, while the least and maximum age of respondent is 17 years and 58 years old respectively.
All respondents where from various academic background i.e. 33.3% enrolled in B.EVN.MGT, 26.2% enrolled in BA, 7.1 enrolled in B.ED, 11.9% enrolled in BAGIS, 2.4% enrolled in B.ARCH, 4.8%enrolled in B.SC and 4.8% enrolled in B.INT.STUDIES. This varieties of educational background gives the survey a more outward and broad view of environmental attitude from people with different orientation. The respondents that were surveyed come from 13 different Local Government Areas of South Australia with 10 been the highest number of respondents from Onkaparinga Local Government Area and Alexandrina, Norwood, Payneham & St Peters, Tea tree gully and Unley having 1 respondent each this is shown in table 2 below.
Majority of the respondents 64.3% lived in a house hold as part of a family and 14% lived as a couple while the remaining percentage of respondents were shared relatively among living as group, by themselves and in a non-private home. Figure 2 below shows that 78.6% of the respondents dwell in a separate house, 7.1 in a flat. The questionnaire was designed to profile specific environmental attitudes of students which focused more on everyday activities of the respondents.
The collective information of the demography shown above shows the characteristics of the respondents which can be used to show the attitudes of the students to environmental issues based on the questions asked in the questionaries.
The first series of question were asked to ascertain the type of environmental friendly activities the students are personally involved in. Table 3 below shows that 4.8% of the respondents are members of Land care, 11.9% are members of Greenpeace and 14.3% are members of a University group while 19.0% are members of other environmental groups, 61.6% of the respondents refuse excessive packaging, 73.8% shop with their own bag, 83.3% minimize paper use, 16.7% attend rallies and demonstrations and 4.8% writes letters to politicians. The array of information gotten from this section shows that a large percentage of the students are environmentally conscious and seeking to improve the quality of the environment.. The...
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