P413: Level of teachers’ awareness and practice of green chemistry: Step towards greener tomorrow
Beside ensuring that chemical reactions and products are environmentally friendly, green and sustainability chemistry should focus on curbing other human activities that impact negatively on the environment and Earth’s biocapacity. Prevalent practices of bush burning, indiscriminate waste dumps and incessant carbon emission from gas flair and fossil fuel need to be examined and curbed. To effectively do this will depend on individuals and their levels of awareness. This study investigated the level of awareness and practice of green and sustainability chemistry among chemistry teachers in colleges and universities in Southern Nigeria. Two null hypotheses were formulated and tested at 0.05 level of significant. One hundred and twenty teachers, 60 each from colleges and university randomly selected constituted the sample. A validated instrument, a 25 item questionnaire was used for data collection. The data were analyzed using t-test statistic. The results showed low level of awareness and practice of green chemistry among all respondents. Teachers’ gender had no significant influence on their level of green chemistry awareness and practice. The results underscore the essence of introducing the concept of green and sustainability chemistry in the college and university curricular.