Why Environmental Education is Important
Our children spend more time indoors than ever before. They are disconnected from nature and the joy that comes from exploring their community. The effects of “nature deficit disorder” are reflected in increasing child obesity rates and declining academic scores.
Environmental education helps.
Environmental education engages learners as they understand how nature works and how humans impact our world. EE is hands-on, interdisciplinary, empowering, and relevant to learners’ everyday lives. It gives them the knowledge and tools they need to be environmentally literate–ready to face environmental and social challenges with confidence and optimism.
Environmental knowledge is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’
There is mounting evidence on the widespread benefits of environmental education, including positive impacts on academic performance, motivation and interest in school, social and emotional skills, and civic interest and engagement (Ardoin et al. 2016).
Environmental education is a win-win–it’s good for our environment and it’s good for kids.