Future Conservation Depends on Environmental Literacy

We’ve been focusing our attention this year on strengthening and expanding our environmental education work, the foundation of which is our new Science in Nature program.


Michelle Eckman, who joined Connecticut Audubon Society in January 2012 as director of education, has been participating in environmental literacy efforts across the state. She wrote this post about recent happenings...

We’ve been focusing our attention this year on strengthening and expanding our environmental education work, the foundation of which is our new Science in Nature program. Our belief is that environmental literacy is essential to an enlightened, conservation-minded pubic, now and in future generations.

Our education program is designed to address specific goals outlined in the Connecticut Environmental Literacy Plan, and so we were delighted earlier this month when Governor Malloy issued a proclamation supporting the plan. Here’s part of what it said:

Connecticut’s future depends on its citizens being environmentally literate and able to make informed choices about issues such as energy and water use, air quality and land development …

Therefore I, Dannel P. Malloy … support environmental literacy and sustainable communities and convey honor on the Connecticut Environmental Literacy Plan as a way to meet environmental challenges in the State of Connecticut.

Connecticut’s Environmental Literacy Plan was devised by a steering committee of education experts, starting in 2009, in response to federal No Child Left Inside legislation (Ellen Castaldini, a longtime member of the regional board of our Center at Glastonbury, was a member of the steering committee).

You can find a link to the plan here, on the website of the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association. We particularly like this summary, in the section of the plan called, “Background: The Need for Environmental Literacy”:

An Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP) for Connecticut is an important stepping-stone for our state’s future. It is imperative that we act now to prepare today’s students - tomorrow’s citizens and policy makers - with the proper knowledge and skills to make critical decisions regarding our global and local resources and environmental health. The ultimate goal is for all citizens in Connecticut to use environmental literacy for individual and social purposes to create and maintain sustainable communities.

This is precisely what we had in mind earlier this year when we released our Connecticut State of the Birds 2012 report, “Where Is the Next Generation of Conservationists Coming From?”

Connecticut Audubon Society’s education program is designed to reach that next generation. We will inaugurate Science in Nature in September, for Bridgeport and Fairfield schools, and expand statewide in coming years. We intend to keep our focus on the ELP and we like to think of the Governor’s support as an indirect endorsement of our initiative.

Our belief is that environmental literacy is essential to an economically, mentally and physically healthy society, now and in future generations.

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Norman June 29, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Don: are we talking about the same FOX NEWS? The one I've seen proclaims itself to be Fair and Balanced yet they have a severe right-wing agenda and are unafraid of twisting the facts to fit that agenda. Maybe there's another where they tell the truth but the court case I read about cited specific examples of blatant lies and distortions - the court ruled that some people may WANT to be lied to and, as I said, it is free speech, protected by the first amendment.
Alice June 29, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Hello Milford Patch. Someone named Beth called me an ass and asked if my parents didn't love me. I responded. But now, her post has been taken down, so my post in response is kind of weird for anyone who hadn't read the earlier post from Beth. Just want this posted for clarification. Thanks.
Sean M June 29, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Dear Norman, if Fox News is so biased then why do they crush CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC combined in the evening slots? Fox News has a lot of conservative slant. Fox has liberals on the shows all the time. I know because I turn liberals and Republican party hacks off. Yet people still choose to watch it anyways. Despite all your bashing, people choose Fox. If you want to talk about liberal bias, I can name numerous newspapers in CT who deliberately slant against conservatives. I know because it is done to me all the time.
Sean M June 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Norman, be one of the very few who watch other stations. Since you do not watch Fox News, do not watch. I correct a recent post. Fox News has a big pro-Republican slant.
Me June 29, 2012 at 03:15 AM
And the other major new agencies don't have a big pro-Democrat slant? They are all just down the middle of the road? It befuddles me on how everyone jumps on Fox News for a Republican slant, but when other stations have their pro-Democrat hosts do shows with a liberalist slant, it's miraculously no big deal.. those shows are fine, acceptable, and the norm to the point that everyone is suppose to listen and watch them and not question the one-sided view .. Not all Liberal point of views are right, and in the same breathe, they aren't all wrong either.... and conversely, not all conversative views are wrong, and also in the same breathe, not all their views are right either. But to play off that one shouldn't watch Fox News for it's Republican slant, well, where is the fair and object balance to say we shouldn't watch the other major station for their Democrat slant? Or are we not fair and object?


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