Are We Environmentally Educated?
Environmental education is an investigation into the issues and developments that happen all around us. Through this exploration, we develop a wider understanding on how our environment works, what causes negative effects and what can develop or replenish it. As various recent studies suggest our planet is currently in peril, is it not then important to teach our children how to nurture it? If Environmental Education was taught as a mandatory subject within schools it could broaden student knowledge and raise awareness of the consequences and issues we are currently facing concerning our environment. This TeacherBoards Community post will discuss the benefits of introducing more eco based lessons in to school curriculum and what it can potentially mean for our future.
According to The Nature Conservancy there is a major lack of how many children are getting access to nature and finding about the current issues at hand. Children and students who were in touch with nature on a frequent basis were said to have more of an intrigue in nature itself and the important issues that surround it. Considering this to be true, children can become interested with current events concerning our environment at a younger age; it can sometimes be dependent on how often they have the opportunity to get involved. There may be some involvement with eco-friendly education and science lessons that discuss environmental issues, but it leads to question how often the principles of this subject are addressed. For example, recycling may be a common feature of school policy, but if children aren’t being taught why they should recycle or the effects that littering would cause, it isn’t something that will have a lasting result. Renewable energy information and discussions on climate change are subjects that are consistently pushed aside or disputed. It is crucial for school children to fully understand that effects that modern technology, non-renewable resources and harmful chemicals are doing to the planet. This way, there is hope for the future generation when it comes to living in a sustainable and healthy environment.
We can raise awareness of our environmental issues by implemented eco-friendly discussions on habitats within the school curriculums. Not only this, but we should also investigate the damaging consequences of our current non-eco system and policies in place. Reduce, re-use, recycle is an easy to remember and simple to explain idiom that all schools could teach. This is an ideology that promotes eco living and persuades people to refrain from wasting valuable products and littering in the streets.
How Can We Help?
According to an article by The Guardian ‘The carbon footprint in English schools is already tipping 9.4 million tonnes CO2’. Although there are already campaigns across the UK to get schools to go ‘greener’, there is still a considerable journey ahead of us. Schools are likely to have a substantial amount of food waste, waste in general, and a high use of non-renewable energy to power the school resources. There are many ways to help schools go greener, and many campaigns have been launched to help schools along with the process. The Garden Organic for Schools Project aims to help people across the UK and overseas become organic and have a ‘sustainable future for all’. Similar campaigns aim to protect our environment and help it develop by finding alternate ways of potentially damaging production methods (such as food production).
Reaping the Benefits
The benefits of applying environmental education within our school lesson plans are endless. It can help students discuss their own opinions on environmental issues and gives them the opportunity to implement an essential change for their futures. Furthermore, they will become aware of their own impact on the environment and that of their family and friends. This can help them refrain from wasting resources such as food and can also be cost effective when they are remembering to switch of their appliances overnight.
Environmental education is a complex subject but this doesn’t mean it should be difficult to teach. Many of the issues concerning the environment can be taught to primary school students, it can help develop their moralistic resolutions and get students involved in a subject that is beneficial for their future. Not only this, The Project Learning Tree group has said that learning about the environment can strengthen enthusiasm, imagination and encourages healthy lifestyles. If we begin to get the younger generation involved with recycling, learning about nature and habitats, and advocating that change is essential, it raises awareness of these issue and urges children to want to know more about their environment. With issues such as water pollution, climate change, and global warming hanging over our heads, it is crucial that changes are made. Although there are campaigns and organisations in place to help promote saving the planet, they aren’t currently mainstream enough to implement enough change in the lives of our younger generation. For this to change, it is essential for schools and other educational environments to apply these issues as part of their mandatory curriculum. Our current way of living is not sustainable enough for the planet to prosper, by providing knowledge about our environment to the younger generation, we have a chance to give them a brighter and healthier future.
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