Education empowers people

The natural world is much more than a source of beauty and charm. Nature-inspired innovation is today one of the most influential drivers of innovative technologies … an ideal opportunity to teach in a simple way, which suggests that politicians who focus exclusively on the classroom lack an opportunity: even modest investments in informal science, education could help make large investments in formal education considerably more effective. Most of the necessary infrastructure is already in place: museums and zoos, for example, have existed for generations. Similarly, government funding mechanisms – such as NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) – finance scientific exhibits, television specials and other informal science education projects.

The world’s lung the Amazon forest

stressed Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, taking the positive example of countries like Uganda, Indonesia or the Dominican Republic that have included strategic measures in favor of environmental education in their national programs. And again, 73% of the curricula of 78 countries speak of „sustainable development“, 55% mention the word „ecology“ and 47% „environmental education“ But beyond intentions and beautiful words there is the reality of the facts : how to promote environmental education? How to teach respect for the environment, how to evaluate educational approaches and how to intervene to improve them? The Global Education Monitoring Report 2016, commissioned by UNESCO to monitor the quality of education for sustainable development and „green growth“ does not offer a positive picture of the current global situation.

By 2030 70% of young people born in underdeveloped countries should have completed secondary education, but warn the report – we are dramatically far from the target. To date only 14% of them succeed.

Surely education is the main protagonist at a time when the decision of the governments seems to be given to the people and to the lifestyle of each one. As Andrew Jones, a member of the Climate Interactive, an organization that aims to create rigorous scientific tools to raise awareness of climate change, said, „we do not need ten thousand experts, but a billion amateurs“.


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