Keywords : Global climate change
Study of Awareness and Responsibility Towards Global Climate Change (GCC) Among Students in a Medical College
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 2773-2780
Background:Climate change has emerged as one of the most devastating environmental threats in 21st century. The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that there is overwhelming evidence that humans are affecting the global climate. Human behaviour is integral not only to causing global climate change but also to responding and adapting to it. As medical students will impart their knowledge to future society so that study was done among them to assess their knowledge levels towards climate change and their responsibility to tackle this. Objectives: To assess the knowledge levels towards GCC among 1st year medical students, To assess their responsibility towards mitigating the GCC.
Materials and Methods: First year medical and dental students of Siddartha medical college, Vijayawada who had given the verbal consent were included in this study. A self-administered, pre-tested, questionnaire was used. Responses were analysed by using SPPSS v.16 software.
Results: Majority of students were females. Among the students 75% came from urban background, 88.9% had schooling in private sector, 98.2% participants were aware that GCC is a major problem. However, only 57.3% were aware that GCC is induced by human beings. Knowledge on causes (94.2%), effects (91.2%), and control measures (98.8%) of GCC was appreciable and 33.1% were participated in public awareness activities.
Conclusion: Males are knowledgeable regarding the fact that humans are responsible for GCC, and they were active in taking up the responsibility to prevent it. Students studied in Government were aware of recyclable materials.