TAG: Environmental education

Eco Education For Tomorrow

Education for Sustainability

For those in the know there is a growing field called Education for Sustainability (EfS). This is now taking hold across the world (hailed by the United Nations) as a key strategy for raising awareness, knowledge and skills toward improved sustainability behaviours. It is also considered by some writers to be more inclusive and effective than its predecessor, Environmental Education. Whilst it could be argued that the differences between Environmental Education and Education for Sustainability (EfS) are negligible, differences exist. These may be attached to the changing definitions of these terms (in particular, “environment”, “education”, and “sustainability”) in response to… read more

The Human Touch

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It might seem obvious, but because environmentalists frequently focus on big issues relating to the non-human world, it’s sometimes easy to neglect the human element in our work as environmental educators and communicators. This “human touch” is best expressed in our people skills – our interpersonal (or relationship-building) skills and our ability to work effectively with groups. Most university degrees in biological science or environmental management tend not to emphasise knowledge, skills and practice in effective group work. And yet – in the big bad world beyond the hallowed halls – much of our environmental efforts operate within communities of… read more

One Step At A Time

Finding Our Feet

Certain words and phrases have become catch-cries for the green movement. “Action for sustainability”, “social change”, “environmental advocacy” – all are examples of language that needs to find solid ground in a world of proliferated rhetoric. As environmental communicators and sustainability educators, how can “walk the talk”? How can we do good work that moves beyond lip-service? How can we target measureable action for sustainability, meaningful social change and environmental advocacy with political and economic efficacy? The short answer is there is no short answer. What there are, however, are a series of questions we can ask ourselves as we… read more

The Leadership Challenge

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Time and again, people assert that strong national leadership is what we need to move toward a sustainable future. It could certainly be argued that our political leaders are yet to “step up” to the responsibilities of effectively navigating a healthy and prosperous future for people and planet alike. But what about personal leadership? What about the leadership required within our communities, our neighbourhoods, our homes? What about the leadership required of each and every one of us? From a social change perspective, “leadership” isn’t necessarily the job of a single person within a group. Within environmental or community groups,… read more

Kids With A Conscience

Kids with a Conscience

While some events and negative news can leave us questioning certain aspects of humanity at times, there are young individuals who bring hope with their positive acts. Some agencies and businesses are making it a point to honor youth who are trying to make a difference. Though they may not always be featured in the daily headlines, it is refreshing to learn about children who are proactive in making their surroundings a better place. Open to U.S. children, the President’s Environmental Youth Award has been in action since 1971. This initiative partners the President with the Environmental Protection Agency to… read more

A Green MBA is Available

A Green MBA

Today’s economy is leading many of us to rethink our future or current careers. An MBA in Sustainable Management seems one of the tools that have been catapulting careers in the right direction lately. A traditional Masters in Business Administration (MBA) usually includes extensive study in areas such as accounting, economics, management, marketing, international business and entrepreneurship. A Green or Sustainable MBA adds in an examination of the economic, environmental, and social impact of business decisions. Most economists agree that green technology is the future of the US economy. Corporations have put profits above all else at the cost of… read more

Experiments For Kids

Solar Science Experiments For Kids

Kids soak up learning just like solar panels soak up the sun. Invest in their learning with science experiments that will teach them about how solar energy works. Children love hands on activities, and the following are great ways to incorporate instruction with fun. One way to put perspective into how solar energy can operate at home is to do a site evaluation. Have kids explore their outdoor area to see which spots in the yard get the most amount of sun, looking for things that may affect how much sunlight hits different areas. Have them observe things like trees or… read more

Molasses Spill In Honolulu Spells Marine Disaster

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Last Sunday, a molasses pipeline was found to be leaking into the Honolulu Harbor. The amount of molasses floating around the harbor is equal to about a third of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which might not seem like all that much, but don’t be fooled; once that sticky clump starts to spread, it will begin causing massive damage to the area. One such expected result is an increase in marine algae, which just happens to be a harmful strain of bacteria. The molasses will eventually dilute and be broken down, but that isn’t going to happen until sometime this week,… read more

Power To The Plants!

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Despite the importance humans place on our own existence, there’s another life-form that eclipses our presence on the planet: the humble plant! From an environmental education perspective, it’s critical that we promote increased awareness of and appreciation for the value of plants within the broader spectrum of biodiversity. Plants are the primary life on Earth. Everything else depends upon them to survive. From terrestrial plants to aquatic plants, the green kingdom is profoundly important to the health and well-being of the planet’s biodiversity. Whilst many plants are not particularly glamorous, their function through photosynthesis is essential; indeed, Earth offers no… read more

Documerica: An EPA Photo Project

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The ‘State of The Environment Photo Project’, created by the EPA as a way for citizen photographers to join in the efforts to clean up the world, is open for submissions. Any images taken in between Earth Day 2011 and the end of 2013 will be considered for the project. Photos included in the project will be part of a traveling display of environmental images, or may end up on display at the National Archives Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery in Washington, D.C. Whether your pictures depict good or bad parts of the environment, anything you deem relevant to the environmentalist… read more