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WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION? 

Environmental education (EE) may best be defined as a process directed at creating awareness and understanding about environmental issues that leads to responsible individual and group actions.

​Successful environmental education focuses on processes that promote critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision-making skills. Environmental education utilizes processes that involve students in observing, measuring, classifying, experimenting, and other data gathering techniques. These processes assist students in discussing, inferring, predicting, and interpreting data about environmental issues.

Environmental information is providing facts about specific environmental issues or problems. This may be accomplished through news releases, informational brochures, bulletins, videos, or other media techniques. It is often geared toward the general public instead of targeting a specific group or audience. Information can be very useful to the highly motivated individual who is concerned about a specific topic or issue and can be a critical element of environmental education.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IS NOT ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IS NOT ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY

Quality environmental education concentrates on the educational process. It is unbiased and science-based. Environmental educators may consider themselves environmental advocates in their personal lives. However, in their role as environmental educator they must remain neutral; there is no room for personal beliefs to take center stage. It is important for environmental educators to remember which role they are in when working with an audience.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ARE COMPLEX

Environmental problems and issues are usually complex and there are not always simple answers. Often there are many possible solutions or no obvious solution at all. It is through the processes of quality environmental education that students can sort through the frequently biased, emotional, and propagandized elements of environmental issues, weighing various sides of an issue in order to make informed, balanced, and responsible decisions.

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