Promoting environmental literacy through education.
What is Environmental Literacy?
Environmental Literacy can be defined as: possessing the basic ecological awareness, understanding and skill to have the ability to make informed decisions and to choose actions that lead to the least amount of detrimental effects on the environment.
Or as defined by the Environmental Education Task force, an environmentally literate person has:
An awareness and concern about the total environment.
Possess the knowledge necessary to understand both the environmental as a system and the role humans play as a component of the system.
Perceives how the development of human technology has the ability to degrade and/or protect the environment.
Applies their awareness and knowledge in assessing the environmental consequences of their actions, individually and collectively, before and after actions are taken, and resolves problems caused their own actions or the actions of others.
To advance this notion, MAEOE helps educators to:
- Explore the interconnectedness of natural and human systems;
- Take responsibility for long-term environmental sustainability;
- Make personal choices that contribute to ecological and human health;
- Think globally and act locally; and,
Use MAEOE’s resources to expand your environmental ethic personally, and with your students.
Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education