Theoretical teaching in classrooms alone is not sufficient to instil in students a profound environmental awareness and appreciation for biodiversity. A better understanding of how nature functions, how it is affected and how it affects us has to be achieved. To create connectedness and to value nature, children need to experience nature in a practical way with all of their senses. Environmental Education can substantially contribute to helping individuals and societies resolve fundamental issues related to the current and future use of the world’s natural resources. However, simply raising awareness of these issues is insufficient to bring about change. Environmental Education must strongly promote the need for personal initiatives and social participation to achieve sustainability. Therefore, Environmental Education has to be hands-on, interactive learning that sparks the imagination and unlocks creativity.
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