Environmental School

Virtual Environmental School, Course 3, Series 4: "The Living Earth - Air" - Via Zoom

September 19 - 20, 2024

The Living Earth Environmental School is composed of a minimum of 40 hours of study. Specific units are divided into four courses of ten hours each and one field trip. The courses investigate AIR, LAND and WATER. The units are divided into Ecology and Environmental Science, Life on Earth, and Earth Stewardship.

For the NGC Curriculum click here.

Helping members appreciate our environment

The mission of the Environmental School is to teach environmental literacy to cherish, protect and conserve the living earth. The courses teach participants environmental literacy, appreciation of the natural world, encourages action for sustainable development and appreciation for the interrelation of all natural things. Particular emphasis is presently placed on land conservation, water conservation and air quality.

 

Why Environmental Education

As man became progressively urbanized, his intimate association and interaction with natural resources diminished and with it his awareness of his dependency on them. It is imperative that man comprehends that his welfare is dependent upon the “proper” management and use of these resources.

Our communities are being plagued with lack of comprehensive environmental planning; indiscriminate use of pesticides; community blight; air and water pollution; traffic congestion; and the lack of institutional arrangements to cope effectively with environmental problems. These problems are legitimate concerns of community governmental officials and planners. The responsibility for their solutions rests, largely, with citizens.

Citizens cast votes on community issues; they elect representatives to policy-making bodies; they directly act upon the environment itself. Ask informed questions, serve on advisory and policy-making committees, support sound legislation directed at resolving environmental problems. Be knowledgeable, aware and motivated to work toward effective solutions.

It is important that each individual obtains a fuller understanding of the environment, problems that confront it, the interrelationship between community and surrounding land, and opportunities for the individual to be effective in working toward the solution of environmental problems.

This new approach, designed to reach citizens of all ages, is called “environmental education.” Environmental education is aimed at producing a citizenry that is knowledgeable concerning the biophysical environment and its associated problems, aware of how to help solve these problems, and motivated to work toward their solution.

  1. A clear understanding that man is an inseparable part of a system consisting of man, culture, the

biophysical environment, and that man has the ability to alter the interrelationships of this system.

  1. A broad understanding of the biophysical environment, both natural and man-made and its role in

contemporary society.

  1. A fundamental understanding of the biophysical environmental problems confronting man, how these

problems can be solved, and the responsibility of citizens and government to work toward their

solution.

  1. Attitudes of concern for the quality of the biophysical environment that will motivate citizens to

participate in biophysical environmental problem solving.

Attitude implies a combination of factual knowledge and motivating emotional concern that result in a tendency to act. To achieve its greatest impact environmental education must:

  1. Provide factual information which will lead to an understanding of the total biophysical environment.
  2. Develop a concern for environmental quality which will motivate citizens to work toward solutions as to biophysical environmental problems.
  3. Inform citizens as to how they can play an effective role in achieving the goals derived from their attitudes.

The University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources (Reprinted from the original ES Handbook)

 

Environmental Council

After passing two Courses a student may become a Provisional Consultant and join the our Environmental Council. These groups provide programs and tours that further the education of members.

After completing all four Environmental Studies Courses, a Consultant Card is issued recognizing the achievement of NGC member, but does not convey professional status.