THE UNIVERSITY FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE "JOSÉ SARAMAGO": AN EXPERIENCE WITH THE SUBJECT NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT I

C. Aguirre-Pérez

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (SPAIN)
In this paper we present the results of the work developed during FOUR courses of the four-monthly subject “Nature and Environment I” within the University Program for Elderly People imparted by the University of Castille-La Mancha in Cuenca (Spain). The contents given in that subject as well as having a divulging character, as it corresponds to this type of education, try to also have a character of motivating and awareness with respect to the environmental problems that affect the planet and the world community as a whole in the beginning of 21st century. These Problems will probably continue and extent for the next decades. The results obtain at the end of each course will be displayed. A questionnaire about knowledge, attitudes and the personal and social measures to be taken to face the environmental problems was passed at the beginning of each course. The results show a progressive attention and awareness towards problems such as the climate change, the global warming and the greenhouse effect, sustainable solutions to energy problems, endangered species and lost of biodiversity, etc. The concrete contents, questionnaire and results will be shown in the complete communication.