Recognizing the Importance of Environmental Education

Environment Next recognizes that the future of environmental leadership relies on the next generation’s success in implementing innovative ideas, programs, and policies that expand on the vital efforts of today’s climate leaders. Over our past 19 years of service to the planet, our foundation has fostered diverse environmental education initiatives to connect our present and future leaders with the natural world. We have raised awareness of global climate issues while implementing strategies to improve and sustain our planet, protect our biodiversity, and enhance global communities’ lives. A core focus of our organization’s past work has been the education of our donors on carbon-neutral strategies. These efforts have ranged from teaching individuals how to calculate their flight emissions to advising a corporation on sophisticated approaches to meet their net-zero emission goals. We are proud to have managed an environmental summer camp in New Hampshire to engage hundreds of children in educational and fun activities connecting them to the natural world.

A key benefit of environmental education to learners of all ages includes heightening imagination and enthusiasm for solving the climate crisis. (Tree, n.d.)   One of the pleasures of working with thousands of companies on their climate goals is hearing how our efforts brought their employees together positively. For example, selecting carbon offset projects (ranging from renewable energy, energy efficiency, and forest conservation initiatives) has proven an exciting and enjoyable activity. We have heard diverse stories of our donors having company parties to inform, discuss, and vote on which carbon offset projects to support in their organization.

We have also facilitated visits to project sites with supporters to experience the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. These trips highlight our collective efforts to reduce deforestation and protect biodiversity while spending time amongst these rural forest communities. Our Amazon conservation projects have been awarded Gold Distinctions from the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard for our accomplishments in these realms, such as building schools and health clinics in these remote communities. Another pleasure has been our work with students ranging from elementary schools to graduate programs on addressing climate challenges. These efforts encourage active learning, citizenship, and how to make a positive difference in their communities. (Tree, n.d.)  

As Environment Next continues our work in environmental leadership, we plan to keep implementing and supporting fresh and innovative ideas and strategies focused on environmental education. Please stay tuned for future Environment Next blogs focused on these concepts of educating our future leaders on the climate crisis and how to contribute.