The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It)


Writing for general readers and educators alike, the authors boldly argue that education today has failed to reach its potential in fighting climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

In this forward-looking book, they assess the current political climate and discuss how education can and must stimulate action including: decreasing consumption and demand, developing sustainable food and energy sources, and nurturing responsible citizenry. Their multidisciplinary perspective encompasses such approaches as stimulating community involvement, teaching civics as the basis for healthy democracies, using school buildings as teaching tools, greening of schoolyards and evaluation techniques based on common sense. Arguing for a paradigm shift in the way we view education as a whole, The Failure of Environmental Education demonstrates how our education system can and must create new levels of awareness that lead to action toward a sustainable future.