Environmental Education - A New Education For Our Children
I’m not sure what things are like where you live, but here where I live, I’m deeply concerned
about the lack of environmental education being taught in our schools. As a father, an individual, a
member of the community and a concerned global citizen, I believe it’s extremely important for our education to
be responsible and relevant in the 21st century.
Just like in previous generations, values, principles, behavior, goals and priorities will change as a way of life,
it has to, and our education needs to not only follow, but where possible, also lead these changes. The issue is
not related to questioning whether environmental education is essential, but which kind of environmental education
is important, in order to initiate a change of values and behaviors.
No doubt, if you’re a regular on EarthHuddle.com, you too are concerned about the social, economic and environmental
changes currently affecting our planet and the urgent action needed for change.
When I was attending school about twenty five years ago, I was questioning the content, the relevance, and
adaptation of my education. Today, as a wiser individual in a constantly changing world, my questions and concerns
from so long ago have been justified. It is my opinion that the present ‘curriculum’ has changed little in this
time despite the enormous changes witnessed in many other areas. Twenty five years later and a hugely different
world, with a whole new set of values, challenges and opportunities, it’s definitely time for a change in
education. It’s time to properly introduce environmental education to our future generation.
The aim of environmental education should be to create a global population that is deeply of, and concerned about,
the environment and human impact on the environment. We must gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations,
and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new
ones. Environmental education is also about bridging social borders. It is an essential endeavor for the
re-evaluation of present-day society, thereby helping us in the transition to a sustainable society.
Environmental education is, in most cases, a non-mandatory component of schools and, as a result, struggles for
acceptance in mainstream formal and teacher education. ‘Alternative’ schooling such as Waldorf and Montessori could
be considered a slight exception. Because environmental education is multi-disciplinary, it is difficult for
teachers to integrate it into their narrowly-defined lesson plans. The framework for environmental education is in
some ways radical, ambitious and transformative.
Environmental education, however, is the foundation for creating the green workforce of the new economy. It is for
men, women and children of all cultures, including those for whom English is not the native language. It should not
be restricted to in-class lesson plans for it is often taught or enhanced through outdoor experiences.
Environmental education is also good for student academic performance, and hands-on environmental education
connects children with nature. Experience in environmental education is an asset and should be strongly
The true aim of any environmental education is not only to raise kids with a healthy respect for the environment,
but to help create a generation of leaders who will identify new ways to live in an environmentally and socially
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