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Knowledge and attitude to climate change among undergraduate students in the faculty of agriculture, university of Nigeria, Nsukka

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Author: 
Dimelu, M.U., Ojo, O.F. and Iwuala, N. O.
Abstract: 

Environmental awareness among students is highly influenced by their background, knowledge, attitude and sensitivity towards the environment. The study assessed the knowledge and attitude to climate change among undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Nigeria. A Proportionate random sampling technique was employed to select 92 students. Data were collected through the use of structured questionnaire and analyzed using percentage, mean score and logistic regression. The results revealed that the mean age of the students was 24years and majority (60.9%) of the students were females. The findings further revealed that 94.6% of the students had high knowledge about climate change and 86% expressed favorable attitude towards climate change. The results of binomial logistic regression revealed that variables (sex, age, mode of admission, trainings) had no significant (P>0.05) influence on the students’ knowledge level of climate change. Knowledge influences the attitudinal change towards climate change and in most cases translates to desirable actions on the environment. Institutions of higher learning should be in the forefront of increasing knowledge, awareness and capacity for eco-friendly environment through curriculum revision to increase climate science content of courses. Government and institutions should explore all avenues to increase awareness, literacy and environmental sound practices. Efforts should target grass root orientation and early child\students’ educational development.

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