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No Need to Wait: EDUCATE

The Glocal Challenge
by Talia Schmitt on 11 July 2013

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By Talia Schmitt
No need to wait:
EDUCATE

What's the problem?
but they all filter down to one main problem
As a society we face an ENORMOUS amount of environmental problems.
Lack of Education!
So if school is a place for learning then why...
...do fewer than 25% of North Carolina teachers say that they address the environment in their curriculum, and only "monthly or occasionally" talk about it?
Yet...
85% of American adults
think that environmental education contributes to children's "thoughtfulness, consideration, and character."

In 2000, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,
75% of adults
said it should be just as
important as math and English.
Kraft, 2004
If environmental educational is taught correctly, a person is more likely to become environmentally friendly, which could be worth
$75 billion a year
in environmental benefits.
Thank you
Volk, T., & McBeth, W. (1997). Environmental Literacy in the United States. (A Report funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Submitted to the Environmental
Education and Training Parternship, NAAEE). Washington, DC: NAAEE.
To Sum Up
Students MUST be educated about environmental problems early on!
Expert in
Environmental
Field
High School
Students who
participate in GSLI
High School
Students who
participate in GSLI
Elementary School
Feeder Schools
Elementary School
Feeder Schools
Elementary School
Feeder Schools
Elementary School
Feeder Schools
High School students would learn leadership and presentation skills
Elementary School pupils would have that interaction with high school students, which they
LOVE
Global Warming
Pollution
Lack of Biodiversity
Clean Water
Deforestation
Most important, the elementary school students would learn about the environmental problems in the world.
WITH KNOWLEDGE AND COMMUNITY COMMITMENT, THESE CHILDREN COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN
NO TIME!
The other countries are doing it...
"In all countries of the
European Union,
environmental education is provided variously as a compulsory subject, as part of a compulsory subject area (normally science) or as an interdisciplinary theme in primary education (Edge)."
Just a few examples
In Bavaria,
Germany,
environmental education is "compulsory" for all students in primary school.
The
UK
ensures that its students develop an understanding of sustainable development within the school curriculum.
Sweden
claims that its "three central perspectives provided on all subjects are the historical, the international and the environmental perspective."
Austria
requires sound environmental behaviors and understanding.
European Commission (1997) Environmental Education in the European Union, Luxembourg:
Office of the Official Publications of the European Communities.
http://www.medies.net/_uploaded_files/ee_in_eu.pdf
What next?
High School Environmental Day
Global Studies Leadership Initiative
If students are unaware of the environmental problems around them, they will not take actions to prevent them.
Let's take a look at some of the other countries in the world
So what about us, the US?
On paper, we have a lot going on...
The National Environmental Education Act of 1990 (NEEA) created an Office of Environmental Education in EPA's regional offices and headquarters.
The Climate for Action Campaign
The Cool School Challenge
Energy Star
EPA's watershed Academy
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
...But in reality, we still have a lot of work to do
A study by NEETF found
that

elementary school students could not link particular causes with particular consequences
.
The average 7-year-old can identify
200 name-brand logos
, but cannot identify the tree in their front yard.
Children today spend five hours per day watching television, and
less than 10 minutes playing outside.
O
nly
12%

of Americans can pass a basic energy test.
Only
13% of schools

provide courses on the environment.
Less than
one-half
of

all Americans realize that their cars and homes contribute to global climate change.
The Game Plan
Luckily, we can still make a difference,
if we start NOW!
1) Start at your own school
- Develop an environmental day for your high school.
GREEN DAY.
ALREADY has happened
Last April, I founded the first
GREEN DAY
at my high school- this is a day around the time of Earth Day dedicated to educating and involving students about local and national environmental problems
It involved an...
environmental fair
green spirit day
environmental tips in the morning
clean-up opportunities
We are gearing up for our 2nd annual
GREEN DAY
this year which in addition to last year's festivities will include...
a calltorecycle.org campaign to collect electronics
poster displays
planting a new food garden
Global Studies Leadership Initiative
As part of the Student Advisory Council for Fairfax County, I am proposing a
Global Studies Leadership Initiative
(GSLI) to teach students about the world environmental problems and solutions!
GSLI
:
a
curriculum will be designed
using resources from the EPA and The National Environmental Education Foundation
http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-publications#knowledge
High School Students apply
for this service- learning based leadership program.
They are
taught about global problems by experts
in Fairfax County.
Once a month, High School Students
rely that information to their feeder schools
for the last 20 minutes of the school day (this will not interrupt High School students school schedule because they get out earlier than the elementary students).
The Benefits of GSLI
GREEN DAY
GREEN DAY
is a day around the time of Earth Day at my high school to educate students about local and national environmental issues.
It involves...
an environmental fair
a green spirit day
environmental tips
clean-up opportunities
Our 2nd annual
GREEN DAY
this year which in addition to last year's festivities included a...
poster displays
planting an organic food garden
Global Studies Leadership Initiative
(GSLI) is a proposal for an after-school student council designed to teach high school students about different environmental and global problems. These students then relay that information to the elementary school children in order to
SPREAD AWARENESS
!
3. Global Studies Leadership Initiative
“2009 EE Highlights.” United States Environmental Protection Agency. United States Environmental Protection Agency. 19 Dec. 2012 Web. 20 Mar. 2013. <http://www2.epa.gov>.

Coyle, Kevin. “Environmental Literacy in America.” neefusa.org. The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation. 2005. Web. 1 Apr. 2013. <http://www.neefusa.org/pdf/ELR2005.pdf>.

Edge, Ann, and Strokes, Eleanor and Anne West. Environmental education in the educational systems of the European Union. London: Centre for Educational Research
London School of Economics and Political Science, Apr. 2001. Print.
2002 study by the North American Association for Environmental Education and Environmental Literacy Council,
2) Local Connections-

Develop
partnerships
with different environmental clubs, organizations, and interested community members to create a stronger environmental presence (create social media groups).
3) Implement an environmental education initiative

to your School Board.
MORE THAN 350 STUDENTS AND 15 ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATED
Develop a proposal through the Student Advisory Council for the Fairfax County School Superintendent, and propose GSLI to the County School Board.

Work during summer 2013 to prepare curriculum material using resources from the EPA, the National Environmental Education Foundation (http://www2.epa.gov) and local environmental experts.
Establish a pilot program through Woodson High School and Mantua Elementary School in Fairfax County, Va.
So how does GSLI work?
Several teachers and experts have already agreed to help...

Alice Reilly, Social Studies Coordinator, K-12
Elaine Tholen, Environmental Coordinator for Fairfax Va. Schools
Diane Grice and Janet Sottolano, Social Studies teachers
Pamela Gratton, Fairfax County Recycling
Speak with teachers and survey students to develop a better understanding of community wants and needs regarding environmental education.
High school students apply for the program through their school.
Accepted students meet twice a month; first, to be educated by an expert in global studies, and second, to teach students at their feeder schools what they learned.

For example, Pamela Gratton from Fairfax County Recycling would teach high school students about recycling and these students would educate the children about recycling in a fun interactive way in their assigned feeder school.
GOOD NEWS! EVERYTHING IN
RED
IS ALREADY
ON ITS WAY!
Education Implementation
Appropriate Resources
Outdoor Education
Global Studies Leadership Initative (GSLI)
1. Appropriate Resources
Paper and Plastic Recycling for Each School
Environmental Courses in all levels of schooling
2. Outdoor Education

4-5 day overnight program
6th grade students
Hemlock Overlook Regional Park
LEARNING BY DOING
Opportunity to build leadership skills, independence and outdoor appreciation
Aimed to help teachers meet science curriculum standards
Based off Walden West in Saratoga, CA
Hemlock Plans
"One day at Hemlock was the best thing that ever happened to our class, I can't even imagine what a week would do" -Chloe Dawson, Mantua Elementary School
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