Due to the importance of environmental education on our daily life, since 1975 we celebrate on January 25th the World Environmental Education Day. This day’s goal is to let people know about the current environmental issues and how they affect out quality of life.
But is what environmental education?
It’s a permanent process in which individuals and communities raise awareness of their environment and learn the knowledge, values, skills, experience and determination to be able to act either by themselves or collectively in the solution of current and future issues.
In a nutshell, it means raising awareness and being proactive instead of being reactive towards the environment.
Environmental education evolution through history
Environmental Education began in 1970s as a trend of thought and action.
During that decade and due to population growth and industrial activity, environment pollution started to be considered as a social issue. That’s why, in 1975, the International Environmental Education Programme was created under UNESCO’s supervision.
Two years later the World Environmental Education Congress decided to include environmental topics on all education levels, from Elementary school to college.
Before this school of thought, communities already taught Environmental Education. Do you know how? By taking care of mountains, lakes, rivers and all the natural resources that support human race’s development.
Unfortunately, throughout the years all these teachings regarding environment protection and care were forgotten.
During the last 20 years, society resumed their commitment with the environment due to the threats of both global warming and climate change.
Currently, Environmental Education is essential to create and maintain a culture of change in terms of perception to environmental issues.
We’re all part of the problem and it’s in our hands to take care, protect and keep our quality of life for us and for future generations.
Do you encourage and promote Environmental Education in your community?