Environmental education
environmentally literate citizen
environmental knowledge

How to Cite

Smith, F. B. (1997). THE GREENING OF EDUCATION. Selbyana, 18(2), 167–171. Retrieved from


Education about the environment has been going on for as long as man has had a natural environment in which to live. This education has been called environmental education. Environmental education exists in all types of settings, informal and formal, for multi-age, multi-cultural populations. The goal of environmental education is to produce an environmentally literate citizen who can make informed decisions based on knowledge and values. Today, many children are removed from experiencing in a direct experiential manner, the natural world around them. The effectiveness and the quality of environmental education varies for many reasons. There is an environmental backlash which blames environmental education for advocacy education and for teaching emotional programs and misinformation. They claim a type of "greenwashing" of our children is happening. Environmental knowledge based on accurate science should be available to all of us to help us become environmentally literate citizens.


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