Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap

Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

Aired on 4/27/2017

Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) joined The Nature Generation, a nonprofit aiming to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, in a comprehensive discussion on our nation’s environmental literacy gap.

Panelists explored the extent of the gap; its relevant to our future including environmental implications as well as security, economic, and social significance; disparities within the gap itself; and effective ways to close it. This conversation included an extensive Q&A session allowing the audience to engage with the experts.

 The webinar covered a wide range of topics within environmental literacy and education and will be of interest to students and educators, policy makers and public officials, environmental and conservation organizations, and professionals working in the environment or energy sectors. 

The Nature Generation is the founder of the Green Earth Book Award, where authors who write meaningful literature around environmental priorities are celebrated; the 2017 honored authors will be announced during the conclusion of the webinar as a resource to attendees and to honor the authors commitment to environmental education.

Meet the Panel:

Moderator: Amy Marasco Newton is the Founder and President of the Nature Generation. NatGen focuses on programs to inspire this next generation to carry forward the environmental mantle through outdoor programs, curriculum enrichment and recognition and awards programs.

Kevin J. Coyle, JD, National Wildlife Federation, Vice President, Education and Training. Kevin  has committed thirty-five years to improving America’s education and environmental education fields.

Louisa Koch, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Director, Office of Education and Chair, NOAA Education Council.  In this role she leads programs to educate and inspire the public and future workforce about the Earth System, working with NOAA’s array of people, partners, places and information.

Jonathan JeffersonEdD, Administrator, Uniondale Public Schools, New York , is an innovator in environmental education.  He is also author of “Echos from the Farm”, taking from his experiences as a city boy spending summers on the family farm

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