Environmental Literacy Plan
Environmental literacy requires an understanding of the natural world and the capacity to interpret environmental systems. An environmentally literate citizen can make informed decisions about the environment based on scientific, aesthetic and ethical considerations while bearing in mind the interconnectedness of the social, cultural, economic, and political systems.
Whereas environmental literacy is gained through an interdisciplinary approach to education that employs hands–on, place-based and inquiry-based learning experiences in order to understand the environment as a whole, and incorporating a number of content areas, environmental education uses real-world experiences, giving students a chance to explore the matters at hand to gain experience investigating, defining and creating solution to issues;
Whereas learning about and from the environment encourages outdoor activities, which improve both physical and mental health;
Whereas this type of education encourages students to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math;
Whereas environmental education also increases overall student engagement and motivation leading to improved academic achievement in all subject areas
Whereas the environmental literacy plan was developed through a participatory process led by New Hampshire Environmental Educators and the New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition involving four state agencies, twelve non-profit organization, four universities as well as input from the public;
Whereas the NH Environmental Literacy plan provides an organized framework to ensure environmentally literacy for people of all ages;
Therefore be it resolved that on this day, the 18th of April, 2012,
the New Hampshire State Board of Education hereby endorses the New Hampshire Environmental Literacy plan.