THANK YOU CRESTON VALLEY!
After a very successful Open House, we at KCDCS are counting new memberships and comparing notes about the many comments and suggestions we received. Your thoughts will inform our decisions and your enthusiasm encourages us to persevere, thank you Creston! Special thanks to those of you who signed-up for a free membership! Don't forget to check out our Volunteers page!
As an additional 'thank you', I want to share with you an article I came upon recently on a Middle Eastern website that promotes environmental education, particularly for children (https://www.ecomena.org/environmental-education/). Environmental education is a world-wide phenomenon. Who knew?
The Concept of Environmental Education
Unlike traditional forms of education, Environmental Education is a holistic, lifelong learning process directed at creating responsible individuals who explore and identify environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action effectively to improve the environment.
As a result, individuals develop a deeper awareness and understanding of environmental issues and have effective skills to make informed and responsible decisions that lead to resolute the environmental challenges.
Environmental Education is neither environmental advocacy nor environmental information; rather, Environmental Education is a varied and diverse field that focuses on the educational process that has to remain neutral by teaching individuals critical thinking and enhancing their own problem-solving and decision-making skills in a participatory approach. The guiding principles of Environmental Education include awareness, knowledge, attitudes, skills and participation.
Environmental Education can be taught formally in schools, classrooms, colleges and universities, or it can take place in informal learning contexts through NGOs, businesses, and the media, natural centers, botanic gardens, bird-watching canoeing, scuba diving and ecotourism. Besides, Environmental Education takes place in various non-formal education programs such as experiential outdoor education, workshops, outreach programs and community education.
Environmental educators should deliver Environmental Education in a unique way as it is not only based on science, but also concerned with historical, political, and cultural aspects with the human dimension of socio-economic factors. It is also based on developing knowledge on socio-ecological systems.
Environmental Education provides opportunities to children to build skills to become environmentally-smart, including problem-solving and investigation skills. Qualified environmental educators should work in the field, conducting programs, involving and collaborating with local communities, and using strategies to link the environmental awareness, building skills, and responsible action. It is through Environmental Education that citizens, especially children, can test various aspects of an issue to make informed, science-based, non-biased, and responsible decisions.