Studies have shown the higher level of education an individual has, the more concerned they are for the environment. A 2012 study World Values Survey, showed that when forced to choose between protecting the environment and increasing the economy, those respondents with secondary education favored the environment more than those with less than secondary education. By making education a forefront throughout the globe, we can shift the awareness in the value of protecting our planet.
Changing The World Through Education.
Education is a key factor in developing knowledge and awareness about issues that affect the future of nation and, subsequently, the world. It gives individuals the tools and knowledge to encourage them in reducing their impact on the environment. It allows individuals to assess their impact on the environment and make the necessary adjustments by reducing their impact on natural resources, preserving energy as well as using their buying power to promote a sustainable planet.
Benefits of Education
- Education increases desire to protect the planet. Studies show a 46% increase in environmental concerns with a tertiary education. Further increasing by 23% with a secondary education. As compared to less than a 25% concern for the planet with no education.
- Educated households are also more likely to use different methods of water purification through filtering or boiling.
- Education can reduce vulnerability to climate change.
- Education supports sustainable farming. When farmers received education they reduced their environmental impact by 39% and pesticide use by 17%.
- Education slows the population growth. Slowing the population growth reduces the amount of greenhouse gases in the environment. Women with at least 12 years of education have a 75-80% less children than a woman with lower levels of education.
- Education creates an opportunity for more green initiatives and incubates environmentally sustainable business inventions.
How can I make an impact:
Tier 1: Global Goodness
- In America we have the resources to receive a basic education, as well as options for secondary and post-secondary education. Making our own education a priority can help aid others and less fortunate in receiving their education.
- Volunteer at libraries to assist with reading to children.
- If you are an educator, make it a priority to share sustainability methods to your students.
Tier 2: Planet Protector
- All of Action 1
- Support community education initiatives for low-income communities in your area.
- Donate to environmental education organizations such as Heal the Planet that are working to help foster education and environmental stewardship.
- Think global. We are all one race, and the condition of our planet lies on all shoulders. By assisting developing nations with education we can further impact the health of our planet.
Tier 3: Earth Angel
- All of Action 1 & 2
- Get Involved. Volunteer with educational assistance programs. If you are feeling extremely passionate, go overseas and work in a teaching field.
- Research non-profits that are working to educate people in developing countries. Many of our natural resources come from developing countries, by educating the communities they can create better sustainability practices for the preservation of their resources.
Education increases awareness and concern for the environment