The urgent need to protect the environment, in order to maintain the quality of life, has now been identified globally. Environmental protection starts by creating awareness among people that it becomes a part of their style. The important features of the subject are:
a) It is very important for each individual for self-fulfillment and social development. It helps in the maintenance of life and health, in self- preservation, and in the preservation of the human race.
b) It helps to understand different food chains and the ecological balance in nature.
c) It helps to understand and appreciates how the environment is used for making a living and for promoting a material culture
d) It helps in appreciating and enjoying nature and society.
e) It is concerned with the changing the environment in a systematic manner for the immediate as well as future welfare of mankind.
f) It directs attention toward problems of population explosion, exhaustion of natural resources and pollution of the environment, and throws light on the methods of solution.