Do you recycle? Do you avoid littering?
If you’re reading this, chances are you do. We applaud your efforts but . . . we need to talk.
Each person “doing their part” for the environment will not be enough to address the challenges we face.
Let’s face it, we are all more comfortable deciding to recycle or ride our bike than we are getting involved in local or national policy-making. It is just easier to make choices that don’t require that we work with others. But being on our best environmental behavior is not enough to fix the problems we face.
The best long-term fix is to have a generation of citizens who carry their environmental beliefs with them into the halls of government. How do we change this dynamic?
We prepare young people to enter the messy world of civic change: Environmental Action Civics.
The Earth Force Process is a research-based model to implement Environmental Action Civics. It develops the civic skills that young people need to make real change while deepening students’ understanding of STEM concepts. It’s a six step process where students identify environmental problems, determine the policies / practices that perpetuate the problem, then implement solutions using civic means. We prioritize youth-adult partnerships, project-based learning, and inquiry. A suite of free resources is available at earthforceresources.org