What Is Environmental Education?
Environmental Education promotes environmental literacy and the development of the skills needed for life-long learning. Environmental Education refers to education efforts that increase public awareness, concern, and knowledge about environmental issues and provides the critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills needed to make informed and responsible decisions about the environment in all its complexity. Environmental Education promotes interdisciplinary integration of subject matter, problem-and issues-based learning experiences, and both cooperative and independent learning opportunities.
The Belgrade Charter, adopted by the United Nations, provides a widely accepted goal statement for Environmental Education:
The goal of environmental education is to develop a world population that is aware of, and concerned about, the environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.
The Tbilisi Declaration followed the Belgrade Charter and established these objectives for environmental education:
To foster clear awareness of, and concern about, economic, social, political, and ecological interdependence in urban and rural areas;
To provide every person with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment and skills needed to protect and improve the environment;
To create new patterns of behavior of individuals, groups and society as a whole towards the environment.
EE In Maryland Schools Video
featuring Kennard Elementary School
Queen Anne's County Public Schools
Check out the new BayBackpack, the source for bay education resources for teachers!
From NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Program
Teachers! Add an Environmental Education endorsement to your teaching certificate!
Contact your School System Certification Department for details.
Nature & the Environment
Primary resources from the Library of Congress
Climate Change Kit from EPA &
Global Change Research Program.
Free, online resources for 11 biomes.
Instructional modules for high school students from NOAA.