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Environmental Education: An Appealing Pathway to Project-Based Guided Investigations (January 2023): Conclusion

By Stephen T. Schroth and Janese Daniels


As this essay has endeavored to demonstrate, environmental education can be incorporated within existing course material or become the foundation of new, standalone modules across disciplines and at every grade level. Further, given the comprehensiveness of the resources outlined here, educators can undertake to offer such programs of instruction regardless of their own levels of expertise. Ultimately, whichever option educators choose to pursue, their impetus to help students learn more about the environment is the crucial element needed that will enable learners to engage with the increasingly pressing issue of climate change and its disastrous impacts on the Earth. The importance of this is perhaps best encompassed by Aldo Leopold’s notion of a “land ethic,” captured in his seminal work of 1966, A Sand County Almanac, in which he advocated for humanity’s responsibility as steward of the Earth’s land, a concept still relevant today. Educators at every level and within every field should therefore hasten to integrate components of environmental learning into their current course material.