Environmental Education is more than a study of ecology and the environment. It spans across all categories intertwined and connecting humans with nature. Knowing your audience is one of the most important aspects in education. When presenting work to groups, having the audience pre targeted is critical in order to get across specific messages.
Without an understanding of the environment our daily decisions are made without any regard to our surroundings. It is a topic that encompasses a wide variety of studies and can be practiced and taught both inside and outside traditional classroom settings. This type of education is important for children through adults to gain more knowledge to make better-educated decisions and lead a more conscientious lifestyle. People are motivated not just by the brain, but also by the heart.
Environmental Education in every aspect of its presence is a way for people to become better educated on specific environmental topics. From small children to adults and avid enthusiasts to non-believers EE is a chance for people to gain more knowledge. We need to feel motivated to care about the places we live in and want to protect. A lot of this can be done through creating community support. Community support drives many aspects of people’s lives and when there is a large connection, people want to make the right decisions.
We are building behaviors through Environmental Education, with many complexities all seeking out the same message at the end of the day. Whatever the end result may be: land conservation, recycling, tree planting, composting, creating products with environmentally friendly material, etc.- you are building towards and end goal and outcome. And without education, passion, and drive there would not be any successes. Theses successes take a community involvement and research in order to be presenting our facts in the best possible light.