What is Environmental Education?

Environmental education is a process that allows individuals to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. As a result, individuals develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions.

The components of environmental education are:

  • Awareness and sensitivity to the environment and environmental challenges
  • Knowledge and understanding of the environment and environmental challenges
  • Attitudes of concern for the environment and motivation to improve or maintain environmental quality
  • Skills to identify and help resolve environmental challenges
  • Participation in activities that lead to the resolution of environmental challenges

Environmental education does not advocate a particular viewpoint or course of action. Rather, environmental education teaches individuals how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking and it enhances their own problem-solving and decision-making skills.


Environmental Education is More than Information about the Environment


Environmental Education Environmental Information
  • Increases public awareness and knowledge of environmental issues
  • Provides facts or opinions about environmental issues
  • Does teach individuals critical-thinking
  • Does not necessarily teach individuals critical-thinking
  • Does enhance individuals' problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Does not necessarily enhance individuals' problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Does not advocate a particular viewpoint
  • May advocate a particular viewpoint