Climate change awareness and environmental attitude of College students in one campus of a State University in the Philippines

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Climate change awareness and environmental attitude of College students in one campus of a State University in the Philippines

Gilbert C. Magulod Jr
J. Bio. Env. Sci.12( 2), 211-220, February 2018.
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Climate change is one of the major concerns of the world in the 21st century. The quality of the earth’s environment is dependent on the students because they are the future leaders and most qualified individuals in protecting the environment. The study assessed the climate change awareness and the environmental attitude of undergraduate students of Cagayan State University at Lasam, Philippines.  It employed descriptive   correlational research design. The participants of the study were the 180 undergraduate students (n=180) randomly sampled from the three college departments of CSU-Lasam. Descriptive statistics such as mean and percentage were used while inferential statistics such as independent sample t-test, one way ANOVA and Pearson r were used to analyze the data gathered from the respondents using two sets of standard survey questionnaire. Hypotheses of the study were rejected at 0.1 and 0.5 levels of significance. Results of the study revealed that the respondents have high level of climate change awareness and   environmental attitude. It was confirmed in the study that awareness of the students on climate change differ significantly  along gender, age, birth order, and parents’ educational attainment. Meanwhile, attitude of the respondents towards the environment differ along with their age and college departments. The study also found out that there is a significant relationship between climate change awareness and environmental attitude of the respondents. Suggesting that the higher awareness the students on climate change, the higher environmental attitude they exhibit. Hence, by providing knowledge to students about climate change, the higher they demonstrate positive attitude towards environmental care is expected. Results of the study will serve as basis in initiating campus-based environmental awareness campaign.


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