Our Planet, the Earth, has fostered living creatures with solar energy, water and other materials, and these living creatures have in turn transformed the retained its primordial balance over an extended period of time. However, energy consumption and emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases through human activities seem to exceed the capacity of the earth both in local and global scales. As a result, our earth has lost natural balance causing numerous conflicts, crises and environmental problems. In order to reach a true understanding and fundamental solutions for the environmental problems, it is vital to ask ourselves how the Earth and human beings are to coexist in the future.
In view of the environmental concern, the Department of Environmental Sciences was established at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, in April 1999 as an interdisciplinary undergraduate program by integrating all branches of natural sciences including relevant technological management. Nationally and internationally renowned scientist Professor Dr. Syed Safiullah was the founder chairman of the department. The education and research here have been conducted with two main pillars of vision for the establishment of the department-“Sustainability” and “Safety” of the Earth. These are horizontal platforms of the cross-disciplinary studies without barriers between the different fields of sciences. We believe that this system leads us to provide meaningful solutions for the demands concerning an environmentally future of our earth.
To achieve excellence in environmental leadership, the main goal of the functional entities of the department essentially centers on team-work of environmental studies with a holistic approach considering human dimension as a significant factor.
Professor Dr. A H M Saadat