Environmental education (EE) refers to organized efforts to teach about how natural environments function and, particularly, how human beings can manage their behavior and ecosystem in order to live sustainably. The term is often used to imply education within the school system, from primary to post-secondary. However, it is sometimes used more broadly to include all efforts to educate the public and other audiences, including print materials, websites, media campaigns, etc. Related disciplines include outdoor education and experiential education. Environmental education is a learning process that increases people's knowledge and awareness about the environment and associated challenges, develops the necessary skills and expertise to address the challenges, and fosters attitudes, motivations, and commitments to make informed decisions and take responsible action (UNESCO, Tbilisi Declaration, 1978).
♦ An awareness of the environment and its problems;
♦ Basic knowledge and understanding of the environment and its interrelationship with man; ♦ Social values and attitudes which are in harmony with environmental quality; ♦ Skills to solve environmental problems;
♦ Ability to evaluate environmental measures and education programmes; ♦ A sense of responsibility and urgency towards the environment so as to ensure appropriate actions to solve environmental problems.
Law promoting Environmental Education
REPUBLIC ACT 9512
AN ACT TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Date Approved: December 2008
“Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008”
The State shall promote:
* Importance of environmental conservation
* National awareness on the role of natural resources in economic growth * Importance of ecological balance
* Sustained national development
SCOPE OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
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