Environmental education is still to be a priority in schools. Governments are yet to incorporate learning about nature to their education systems. Moreover corporation greed is not allowing the acceptance of green economy.
That is why environmental education is so important now. By educating young children, they become responsible adults. Moreover children tend to influence their parents from recycling to greener choices.
Learning the ABC of Earth science
Most cases of environmental education excludes Earth science.But how we can teach children about climate change without talking about meteorology and geology.
Many educational programs focuses only in recycling and environmental protection. However they fail to explain the ‘why’. In addition they tend to overlook the importance of Earth science all together.
But this is far from the truth. So maybe the first step of environmental education is to teach the teacher the ABC of Earth science. By giving the educators the tools and knowledge they can adjust their syllabus.
Environmental education and wildlife
Wildlife conservation and education are concepts that are essential to go together. Without environmental education we tend to not understand why is important to save endangered species.
As the world’s last male northern white rhino died last week, we are only at the beginning of the vanishing animal species . Scientists are not optimize about future that can lead to massive extinctions in animals.
Yet we are not taking measures to protect them. Instead there are many that hunt them down and posting photos off their ‘accomplishments’. Hence, without education people are still choosing profit over animal protection.
But how can we turn people from environmental destroyers to environmental protectors? Early education at the age of six years old, children may change this world to a safer for animals world.
Outdoors education for the mind and the spirit
Environmental education without being outdoors in nature is quite impossible. Moreover globalization is keeping most of the children in the concrete cities. Therefore they are becoming unfamiliar with nature.
We may not be aware of the ignorance of children but it is mostly a fact. In nowadays there are children that do not understand the simple concept of a ‘river’. Although it is difficult thing to image is only the raw reality.
Although this is encouraging to hear, there are globally efforts changing it. In many developing and increasingly developing countries are changing their the traditional educational systems. More and more educational schools have been created in rural areas to educate and entertain children and young adults.
In addition educational schools are not only focusing on local but also international students. In this way children can learn the global environmental issues and why is so important to protect the environment at a global level.
Learning from experience
Environmental education is not a complicate to provide it. Currently there are many tools that helps educators to design environmental educations.
One example is the tools that the book Environmental Belief Formation in Children – A Tool for Environmental Education Improvement is describing.This book describes the factors associated with the development of environmentally responsibility in children (with their behaviors or beliefs). Therefore it is a tool for educators to design successful environmental education initiatives.
Another great example is the book Urban Environmental Education Review. What is different about the second example is that is focusing in the urban environment. Maybe people are not aware of urban nature, but this book aims to change our perception. It includes any practices that create learning opportunities and fosters approaches in urban environmental education.