PAPER TITLE :AWARENESS AND USE OF INFORMATION AS PREDICTORS OF WOMEN’S MANAGEMENT OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT IN ONDO STATE, NIGERIA
JOURNAL Of SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY | VOLUME 4 NUMBER 2 2013
- Author(s) : ABIOLU, O.A.1* and OPEKE, R.O.2
This study investigated the extent to which awareness and use of information can predict the environmental management behaviour of sampled women in Ondo State, Nigeria. Data were collected through a questionnaire administered on 1,250 women from eight (8) of the eighteen (18) local government areas of the State. Results show that radio and television were most used by respondents to obtain environmental information. Also, respondents were aware of information on land and water more than any other but used that on water and biodiversity more. Findings showed that significant correlation existed between awareness and use of environmental information by the women, that awareness and use of information jointly predicted 11.8% of the variation in the women’s environment management behaviour, but that awareness (34.20%) of environmental information contributed much more than the use (-2.20%) of environmental information. The conclusion is that awareness of environmental information is an important determinant of responsible environmental management behaviour of the women. Recommended are effective programmes to promote adequate awareness of environmental information among women in the State and other parts of the country, and to promote actual use of the information to enhance and sustain good environmental management behaviour. Environmental information, information awareness, information use, environment management, women.