Updated: Jan 7
Environmental and sustainability education encourages children to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future in the 21st Century. It relies on experiential teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behavior and take action.
"Sustainability education should never be viewed as separate from regular education - instead it’s a new lens through which we must all learn to view the world."
A Planet On the Brink
Why do we need to teach sustainability education to children? Well, great question. We are now living in a world where human beings are consuming resources at a rate equivalent to 1.7 Earths per year, well beyond what our planet can sustain. Earth’s biosphere (the thin layer all living things we call home) in drowning in non-biodegradable plastic waste. And perhaps most worryingly of all - Earth's biological diversity has declined in size by 60 percent in just over 40 years - a trend that’s expected to get worse due to climate change.
Put simply, humanity and the way we feed, fuel and finance our societies and economies is pushing nature, and the services that power and sustain us, to the brink.
Time for Change
Outdoor environmental and sustainability education is vital for cultivating well-informed and responsible global citizens with a changemaker mindset on sustainability challenges. It’s an essential piece of the puzzle for learning to live in balance with Earth’s natural limits, while empowering individuals and communities to restore our planet’s life supporting systems before it's too late.
"Humanity and the way we feed, fuel and finance our societies and economies is pushing nature, and the services that power and sustain us, to the brink."
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