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Environmental / Climate Literacy

What is Environmental Literacy?

The definition of environmental literacy is “the accepted meaning that comprises an awareness of and concern about the environment and its associated problems, as well as the knowledge, skills, and motivations to work towards solution of current problems and the prevention of new ones” (NAAEE 2004). Environmental literacy is the ability to acknowledge current issues and creating enough intellect for yourself to advocate and avert predicted problems. Environmental literacy helps humans comprehend environmental issues and understand them enough for solutions to be made/worked for.

Why is it Important?

Environmental literacy is significant for many valid reasons. Deforestation, climate change, endangered biodiversity, and wildfires are all threats to Earth. Humans are the only species on Earth with the tendency to destroy their home and habitat, for their selfish benefit. The tremendous downside of this is that Earth is the only home we have, and there’s no other place to go to if this one is destroyed.

What this means for YOU:

We must take care of our earth now, before the irreversible damage strikes and creates permanent damage to the human race and ecosystems.

Things you can do TODAY to increase Environmental Literacy and help the Planet:

Multiple solutions are evident, but if we don’t use the resources we have to our greatest advantage, there’s nothing that can stop the {as of right now) inevitable collapse of our entire planet. Did you know that by 2050, there will be more plastic pollution in the ocean than fish? That’s a ridiculous amount of trash and is a main result of the lack of recycling opportunity and awareness. Less than 15% of Americans recycle their plastics or glass products, which eventually reaches the ocean and into sea animals’ bodies. We can stop this:

  • reusing and eventually eliminating plastics
  • banning single-use, and recycle every bottle – every time
  • cutting the ear loops of masks before disposing of them, so they aren’t snarled onto sea vegetation (the ocean’s food), or tangled on sea creatures bodies

We have the power to save or destroy our planet. What will you choose?