National EE Week is April 23 – 29 and to celebrate we’d thought we’d take a moment to reflect on our work and celebrate everyone that is part of the EE community.
Traditionally environmental educators have been thought of as non-formal educators that facilitate programs and formal educators that use environmental lessons in their classrooms. These individuals are fantastic environmental educators AND so are the many people that work for the environment in many other ways. Musicians, artists, journalists, biologists, activists, religious leaders are just a few of the types of people that engage others in developing skills, understanding and passion to address local and global challenges. These people, like non-formal and formal educators, inform, inspire and influence attitudes.
Why do we do EE?
Because people have an incredible impact on the Earth and we are also the only ones with the power to make it a positive one. EE helps develop critical thinking skills, sense of place, problem solving and empowerment. We do EE because we care. We do EE because we want to help others think beyond themselves and care for future generations of people, plants and animals.
There are so many reasons that EE is critical today and every individual that approaches learning or engagement with the intent to empower, inspire and inform about the environment is an environmental educator.
Why do you EE? Tell us why and be part of the conversation online by using the hashtag #whyiee.
Thank you for all that you do and keep inspiring others!
Happy National EE Week!