Why environmental education matters
Environmental Education is Critically Needed
As new rules and regulations threaten to roll back environmental protections, here’s a couple of reasons why environmental education (EE) and your commitment to support it matters more than ever:
- EE transforms lives and society. It informs and inspires. It influences attitudes. It motivates action. It has the power to help individuals, communities, and organizations learn more about the environment, and develop skills and understanding about how to address global challenges.
Our Green Earth Book Award winning books equip students with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to be stewards of the environment with themes that include the key benefits that North American Association for Environmental Education consider critical:
– examine and clarify their values about and attitudes toward the environment, including the natural world and the human-built environment;
– build skills to address environmental and social issues; and
– undertake behaviors that help protect the environment and work toward a more sustainable future.
To read more, go to: https://naaee.org/about-us/about-ee-and-why-it-matters
- Our kids aren’t prepared. In a global study of young people’s knowledge, skills and attitudes in nearly 60 countries, the U.S. scored below average for their counterparts in developed countries. 17.1% of American students reached highest proficiency level, compared to 30.9% of students in Finland score, 28.4 % of Japanese students, and 26.3% of Canadian students).
With over 100 winning books in the Green Earth Book Award library, along with the support we give to schools and students with environmental projects, we are committed to helping the U.S. number go up – we are teaching kids across the nation that they have the power and knowledge to protect the environment – both now and in the future.
Learn more about the state of environmental literacy at the National Environmental Education Foundation: https://www.neefusa.org/environmental-literacy-report
The good news:
- Many individuals and corporations who understand the positive economic, social and health impacts of a clean planet are stepping up, check out this Grist report on philanthropic support post election: http://grist.org/living/environmental-organizations-see-an-outpouring-of-support-post-election/
- Communities and nonprofits are making a difference, and schools and educators are working on how to make EE part of our kids’ DNA. Click here for a recording of our webinar, “Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap,” to hear more solutions.
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