Ensuring a healthy environment requires well-informed and trained leaders capable of developing and executing creative solutions to current and future challenges. Environmental education also builds awareness about how to live in a way that conserves and protects resources for future generations. Educational programs for children and adults are critical in fostering a healthier and safer planet.
If our young people don’t spend time outside or have a basic understanding of science and ethics, how can we expect them to handle the environmental challenges we currently face as a society? Environmental education programs connect children to nature in their backyards and around the world, fostering an understanding of and appreciation for the natural resources we all rely upon.
This kind of education isn’t just good for the planet though. Kids who spend time outside have been proven to be happier, healthier, and smarter.
An educated public is essential to a healthy environment. Every industry - from information technology to manufacturing - needs an environmentally-minded workforce to accelerate the transition to a green, sustainable, and just economy. Health professionals with training in environmental issues will be better advocates for healthy hospitals and pollution controls. Business managers will have a better sense of the impacts of their supply chains and investments. With strong training, workers will be equipped to transition from the kinds of jobs that are rapidly phasing out and implement the clean technologies of the future.
EarthShare is committed to supporting our member organizations’ work on environmental education. Your support of these programs fosters a generation of informed environmentalists ready to tackle challenges like global warming, air and water pollution, and wildlife protection.