Advice on how to make your kids eco smart
The key to preparing students for a sustainable future, according to education experts from our “Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap” webinar, including Louisa Koch (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Kevin Coyle (National Wildlife Federation), is to integrate environmental learning into all subjects, consistently, throughout K-12. By doing so, all students will have knowledge on how they are integral in protecting the planet and they also will learn the value of contributing to society.
We need not only well trained scientists to help us with environmental practices, but also an informed and motivated citizenry to help us make smart choices moving forward.
Here are some tactics many schools are taking to prepare students for the environmental challenges they’ll be facing in the future:
- Becoming a certified Green School
- Planting school gardens
- Offering after school eco-clubs
- Requiring community service relating to nature (i.e. water testing, tree planting)
- Taking field trips in nature
- Prepping their educators to teach the environment
- Infusing environmental learning in all subjects
- Using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- Ranking high in math and science
- Creating environmental career and tech education paths
What can parents do?
- Encourage your schools to adapt the practices above.
- Get your family outside—nothing nurtures stewardship more than falling in love with nature. Go in your backyard, to a park, along a path. Click here for activities you can do along the way.
- Teach your kids the facts about science, nature and the environment with a Green Earth Book Award winning fiction book; or give them a nonfiction winner that feeds their imaginations on how to protect our planet. Click here for a list of eco-books for kids of all ages.
- Help them excel in science and math.
- Expose them to different kinds of jobs and real world experiences.
- what is the current gap
- why it is relevant to our future (including environmental implications and security, economic, and social significance)
- what are disparities within the gap itself
- what are effective ways to close the gap
Thank you to the Security and Sustainability Forum and to Emily Walton (The Excalibur Group) for making the webinar possible.