So I ask my Goshen College Field Experience in Environmental Biology students to choose an ecological issue that they want to educate the public about — basically write a Shades of Green article.
Some of the choices were public transportation and the need to improve for the future; dredging the Elkhart River and why it’s a positive; fish consumption and understand potential hazards; Goshen Farmers Market and the importance of utilizing food stamps there; sustainable agriculture and sensibility; and the lack of environmental education and why ignorance is not bliss.
According to Project Learning Tree, which is an activity guide for teacher revolving around trees says “environmental issues occur because people have differing views about the environment. If everyone had the same viewpoint, there would be no controversy and there would be no issues.”
Carnegie Mellon website discussing Environmental Decision Making, Science, and Technology suggests “Environmental issues affect, and are affected by, all our activities to varying degrees. The need to have a working knowledge of environmental issues is not confined to environmental scientists, engineers and policy makers. In our society, all educated citizens need to have a working understanding of the fundamental principles involved for environmentally responsible decision making. The knowledge and understanding of a range of concepts and connections are required in order for an interested person to think and make decisions coherently about individual and societal behaviors that affect the environment.”
But we all ask what is right and what is wrong? That is determined by what you believe when you think of when it comes to aesthetics, community, culture, politics, ecology, economics, education, laws, personal rights, religion and recreation — basically your environment, which is everything that surrounds you — the individual.
The Carnegie Mellon website also says, “The interconnected nature of environmental problems, the interactions between societal and individual decision making and their effect on the development of solutions for environmental problems require that a comprehensive environmental literacy course include scientific, social, economic, organizational and ethical dimensions.”