Most of you will know that I have a passion for environmental issues as well as reading. In a world where global warming is becoming so visible, it makes no sense to me that the environment is not given more consideration in schools.
In this blog post I want to make the case for ‘Environmental Education’ being a separate, compulsory subject in all schools. I hope that you will read my thoughts and include your own opinions in the comments section below.
Reasons for Environmental Education being taught:
1) Everyone is affected by climate change. It is the biggest problem looming over the world at the moment and is mainly caused by us humans.
2) Currently there is a very poor coverage of environmental issues in education. It is touched upon in Geography and Science but has little limelight. Many young people have no idea that these problems exist and that they will be empowered to deal with the flack from this situation.
3) This is a subject in its own right. Everybody deserves to know the facts about temperature rise, pollution and the affects of these. They should be made aware of flooding, melting glaciers, a decreased gulf stream, sea level rise, desertification, deforestation, urban pollution and animal extinctions. The list goes on…
4) We need everybody on board. If young people aren’t given all the facts, they will not be best equipped to do something about the problems as they swell.
5) With people already losing homes through flooding, suffering food shortages and dealing with massive storms, this subject is relevant NOW. Education should be covering all of these events and discussing what caused them and how we can make a difference by changing mindsets and government policies.
There are so many more elements to this but for me it just makes no sense that the environment isn’t given strong coverage in classrooms and assemblies. Children have a right to know how pollution is impacting on the world and what they can do to change things for the better.
More articles will follow related to this. As you can see I feel very strongly that ‘Environmental Education’ has a big role to play in helping change our future. I hope that you enjoyed this post and will comment below. For a similar post look here.