Social media and environmental issue

Jasrul Nizam writes

Social media is the web-based applications and digital technologies that used by people to share information and ideas online and it offers many possibilities for government agencies, institute of higher learning and NGO`s alike to inform and collaborate with the society. These technologies give the chance to create and share the information in interesting ways and to solve the problems.

It can be channels to attract people regarding social and environmental issues and the most popular social media nowadays include Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia. Nowadays the action to promote healthy environments such as recycling, frugal of water or any other environmental issue are not only static through programme in television or any YouTube videos but it can be done by real interaction with people through contests or projects to have the healthy environment.

In my opinion, sometimes when someone clicks “like” button in media social for example Facebook, it does not mean that they intend to take action in the reality. Social media can be an interactive way to spreading information on environmental advocacy and awareness but what we afraid is people will think by clicking the “like” button, it will be enough for them to save the environment or show their apprehension towards the issue arise. Not taking action in reality and just only spend time in front of computer cannot prevent the air pollution or bring back our damaged forest. Therefore social media can be a great tool for awareness among people on the environmental issue but we still need to go out there and take the action before it is late and there should be more events and actions needed to bring people together to make change.

Besides we should be provided the guidance and guidelines on the execution so that the usage of these media can contribute to the environmental actions because developing the soft skills to use these social media would set for more awareness to the environmental issue among us. In addition the action by sharing the information in social media can increase the potential for everyone to gain a better knowledge regarding the environmental conditions and settlements.

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