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What is Environmental Education and How does it relate to you?

Building a strong nation with hope and spiritEnvironmental education is a process that allows individuals to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. As a result, individuals develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions.”

Environmental education has the potential to benefit every species on our planet. While learning about how a healthy ecosystem functions, we learn that everything we take from it and put into it effects the health in a good or bad way. Through classes such as this one we learn how everything is interconnected. Just as a pebble causes a ripple effect when tossed into a pond, so does every choice we make throughout our daily lives. The effects our cars have the environment, even the type of fluid we are using in our HVAC units effects the air, ground, animals, and humans.

Project Learning Tree

I have chosen Project Learning Tree (PLT) as my leaver approach to environmental education. “Project Learning Tree uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it. From its beginnings in 1976, PLT has exemplified high-quality environmental education.”

I love that their goals are to reach and educate humans aged 3 and older. Providing each level to engage within the natural and built environment based on their current understanding level. Environmental education “(EE) raises awareness of issues impacting the environment upon which we all depend, as well as actions we can take to improve and sustain it.”

I believe a really important aspect to learning and understanding how interconnected we are to the planet we live on is to remain hopeful that we can work together to build a better world. Hope has a beautiful way of relieving tensions and sweeping away some negativity.

Ethically many people believe it is wrong to purposely harm another human being or to mistreat an animal. When we take a moment to think about how we have been treating our planet, we can clearly see through an ethical lens that we have purposely been harming our planet by polluting our streams, releasing oil and gas to escape pipes under water and under ground. When we ask, “what is the acceptable amount of oil or gas to be released into our environment?” We are now able to say, “none.” Ethically – none! We do not have the right or justification to harm a planet that is providing us with our very own life source. Or do we?

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