The Importance Of Students On The Environment

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In order for students to become environmentally literate, individuals must “climb the environmental literacy ladder” (What is Environmental Literacy, 2007). First, one must be connected to nature, not just aware of one’s surroundings, but also immersing one’s self in nature and being a participant in it. Once the connection between person and nature is established one becomes more aware of all the aspects that are interconnected, throughout the environment, locally and globally. The more time spent in nature, individuals tend to make more thorough observations, and begin to understand how biotic and abiotic factors contribute to the ecosystem. However at the same time, one may see one’s self as not being a big part of the ecosystem until …show more content…
Generally, students have an awareness and understanding of environmental impacts on larger scales like power plants, dams, mines, factories, and commercial farms. Students need to make the connection and realize that they and their neighbors use these resources, and cumulatively every one in the community has a large impact on the local environment. Once there is a change in attitude towards the environment, students can become a little more concerned about their local environment. Unfortunately, most students will want to make these big changes to save the environment, but really will not know how to do it. Through education the student will learn more about how little changes made by each individual will have a large positive impact as a whole on the environment. That is when students start to make small changes in their own lives to help their local environment. From there the educator hopes that each individual will continue to share his and her values with others, even if it is just with his or her relatives, friends, and …show more content…
Outdoor education is more about getting students outside having fun and enriching school programs, while conservation education is too focused on preserving the natural world (Russ, 2015, p. 13). Urban Environmental Education takes it to the next step, “Engage urban students and communities in a way that promotes the livability and resilience of their communities through meaningful and sustainable change” (Russ, 2015, p. 28). The change has to be for the better and manageable, and create a sense of urgency to preserve green space while making it easy enough to be

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