Youth Eco-Activism and Environmental Education

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The importance and need to protect our environment isn’t just on us grown-ups shoulders. It is on children’s shoulder as well. It is about leaving our children a planet that is good shape and educating them on importance of continuing on that care.

We need to have a commitment to educating our children about the environment and what they can do to help the planet they are going to inherit. Not only can you help educate your children but there are also many programs created to help as well. Here are 2 programs to get your young one involved with.

Canon Envirothon

The Canon Envirothon was created for high school students in North America to learn about the environment and the issues in a fun and exciting way. The Canon Envirothon competition started back in 1979. According to Canon, “The Canon Envirothon promotes environmental education through the development of knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who are willing to work together toward achieving and maintaining a natural balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.” The top 10 teams are awarded with Canon scholarships that can be used towards their college education.  You can learn more here.

EarthForce

“Earth Force is an international non-profit that believes young people should play a central role in building environmentally resilient communities.”

Earthforce has three different programs in 52 communities throughout the U.S and Canada for children to get involved with.

Water- This program connects children to their local bodies of water, having them apply biology and chemistry to fully understand and solve local environment issues. They will get the chance to work with corporations, government agencies, and scientific institutions.

Sustainability- This program give students the opportunity to work with school faculty, administrators, and community based leaders to come up with ways to improve efficiency and sustainability within their schools.

Health – This program allows students to work with local health agencies to ensure their communities have access to healthcare, green space, and physical activities.

You can learn more about Earthforce and its programs here.

There are many more programs and education programs for our children to get involved with to learn and understand the importance of protecting our environment. As parents, we should help in whatever way we can to ensure they have all the possible tools available to make this a better place to live.

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