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Environmental education: an alternative to good waste management in Angola

Paz Paulo António

Angolan student of the Master's course in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ)

The environmental issue is currently one of the themes considered strategic in international commitments and treaties promoted by intergovernmental agencies, such as those that are part of the UN (United Nations). The presence of garbage in various parts of Luanda has become a matter of concern for residents and government officials in the country's capital. Currently, ways are being sought on how to solve this problem.


The presence of this garbage not only compromises the image of the capital, but it has important factors that must be taken into account, such as the contamination of the soil and groundwater. The accumulation of waste generates the production of a substance called slurry, it is the name given to a dark liquid that contains a high polluting load and comes from putrefying organic materials.

According to Silva and Leite (2008), international debates point to a new type of development, sustainable development, whose basic principles constitute social and environmental sustainability and environmental education is indicated as the means of acting in the transformation of society and the individual.

Due to this situation that the country faces, it is necessary to invest in the base (environmental education), because the fact that the garbage is collected in various parts of the city, does not mean that this phenomenon will not run again. The implementation of disciplines on environmental education would be one of the key points to guarantee environmental sustainability. In elementary schools in the country, little is said about the conservation and protection of the environment, as Pythagoras said that educate children and there will be no need to punish men.

It is important that there are programs, with the purpose of sensitizing and training technicians and citizens how to treat waste that is produced by the population, being of a domestic, industrial and hospital nature, from the selection process to the disposal process.

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