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Within the United States and in the state of Connecticut, the need for comprehensive environmental education has never been greater. The health of Connecticut’s future depends on its citizens being environmentally literate and able to make informed choices about environmental issues such as water use, air quality, and land development. Consumption of natural resources, air and water pollution, and the impacts of climate change are among the many complex challenges that threaten human health, economic development, and national security. Across the country, communities face the challenge of balancing the economy that provides our livelihoods and the natural resources on which we depend. Solving this critical challenge requires us to understand different points of view, analyze problems, balance competing needs, and take informed action. Environmental education fosters learning that can transform how we think, make decisions, and lead our lives. The future depends on our collective ability to apply an integrated approach to teaching and helping students understand the interrelated elements of sustainable environmental systems – from ecological, economical, and community perspectives. It is critical that every American understands how our community, economy, and the environment are connected and mutually dependent. Environmental education prepares all citizens with 21st Century essential skills that contribute to healthier, more environmentally sustainable, and economically prosperous communities.

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Date Of Record Release 2017-05-21 09:05:39
Description Within the United States and in the state of Connecticut, the need for comprehensive environmental education has never been greater. The health of Connecticut’s future depends on its citizens being environmentally literate and able to make informed choices about environmental issues such as water use, air quality, and land development. Consumption of natural resources, air and water pollution, and the impacts of climate change are among the many complex challenges that threaten human health, economic development, and national security. Across the country, communities face the challenge of balancing the economy that provides our livelihoods and the natural resources on which we depend. Solving this critical challenge requires us to understand different points of view, analyze problems, balance competing needs, and take informed action. Environmental education fosters learning that can transform how we think, make decisions, and lead our lives. The future depends on our collective ability to apply an integrated approach to teaching and helping students understand the interrelated elements of sustainable environmental systems – from ecological, economical, and community perspectives. It is critical that every American understands how our community, economy, and the environment are connected and mutually dependent. Environmental education prepares all citizens with 21st Century essential skills that contribute to healthier, more environmentally sustainable, and economically prosperous communities.
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Keyword Environmental Literacy, Connecticut, Environmental Education
Date Of Record Creation 2017-05-21 09:02:33
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Date Last Modified 2017-05-21 09:05:39
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2017-05-21 09:02:33 (W3C-DTF)

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