Balita, Dan Angelo
February 09, 2013
Youth Environmental Involvement
Countries strive for development is always economic-centered, and it is not wrong; however, some of them lose focus to one of the must concern which is environment, therefore resulted to its devastation—together with the alerting effect of global warming and climate change. Little is important as it is the foundation; all started from being little. This paper revolves to people’s little contribution in creating change; Note, little can be a great impact if it is collated. Limiting the scope of the study, the location is in Pakil, Laguna a 5th class small town in the province of Laguna, Philippines. Whereas will be focuses primarily on the importance of youth involvement in environment, as well as, the crucial relationship of adult and youth. Regarding with the method will be use a quantitative approach using self-structured questionnaire that will reveal the person’s self-evaluation in connection with the environment and the probable factors that affect their perception. Additionally, for qualitative approach, immersing with at most 5 youth for finding the possible effects on how these factors influence a person in the Philippine context. This paper, hopefully, be as a guide in every community in achieving development, additionally, as an information about youth involvement towards environmental sustainability and its implication to youth and environment and its value to society and to the discipline of Sociology. II. INTRODUCTION
All started from being little, little is important as it is the foundation. The paper argues that youth involvement depends on their reaction to their self-influential factors present in their community. III. RESEARCH QUESTION
What are the influential factors for youth that may affect their decision to either involve or not to involve themselves in environmental activities in the current Philippine context. How do these influential factors affect them?
IV. LITERATURE CONTEXT REVIEW
Studies proved that youth are very complex. It is the stage of transformation or state of being sensitive to external forces and are easily molded by the social issues flowing in the society; malleable and varies much than children and adult because they are in-between of two generations (Gomez et. al., 1986; Philippine National Youth Commission, 1998; Corriero, 2004; White, 2011). Uniquely, they very much embedded in the aspects of society, namely social, cultural, political, economic. Engaging youth is a very crucial thing (Philippine National Youth Commission, 1998; Corriero, 2004; Arnold, Cohen, & Warner, 2009; Browne, Garst, & Bialeschki, 2011; White, 2011). Being engaged in community create a feeling of connectedness to environment, in contrast, being disconnected might put youth into risk (Browne et. al., 2011) which can lead to several undesirable activities. Imagining all youth being active in participating in the community is a wonderful thing, although it is very idealistic, nevertheless there are influential factors that inspire, motivate, or persuade the individual. Factors such as childhood, friends, role models, teachers, youth groups and conferences (Arnold et. al., 2009) and technology (Corriero, 2004) are the common influence factors among youth that enabled them to be engage to the community. Another important factor for youth’s connection with the environment is family (Philippine National Youth Commission, 1998; Arnold et. al., 2009). According to the report plan of the Philippine National Youth Commission (1998) on their Strategies for youth development is about strengthening the role of the family, because they are the support and guidance to hold them from undesirable activities. These factors may be crucial for youth development, for fear that, it can also become a hindrance to youth involvement because it depends on how they react to...
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