Environmental Education

Environmental Education

Connecting people and nature to inspire action for a sustainable world

Our worldwide environmental education activities enable people of all ages to:

  • develop their knowledge, understanding and connection to the environment and their impact on it;
  • encourage sensitivity to environmental issues and challenges;
  • make informed and responsible decisions at the individual, community and organizational level.  

A Rocha’s approach is to promote the enjoyment, care and sustainable use of the earth’s precious resources, encouraging the development of appropriate skills in response to the needs of local communities.

A Rocha's impact in environmental education

A Rocha’s EE programme contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Education is the cornerstone to achieving the SDGs and SDG 4 specifically – “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

A Rocha has been working in environmental education for 30 years. In 2019 we held 726 activities globally, involving 32,028 participants of all ages, including community events, workshops, teacher training, wildlife clubs, summer camps and school visits.

“We recognize that environmental education has become an essential component of education equal to reading, writing and arithmetic.”

The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, HM Treasury, 2021

Environmental Education themes:

Environmental Education: People

We contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 11, and 12, but also work with the private and public sectors.

  • A Rocha International has been supporting global environmental education activities and staff with a coordinator since 2016. We collect and share resources, organize workshops and conferences, and train staff where needed.
  • In Ghana, we carry out creative approaches to community environmental education.
  • In South Africa and other countries, we promote Plastic Free February, encouraging people to have a plastic free month.
  • In Uganda, we carry out environmental education through sustainable livelihoods, briquettes and bio-sand water filters.

Environmental Education: Land

We work towards the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3, and 15 for Life on Land with projects around the world and people of all ages.

Environmental Education: Water

We work towards the Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 6, and 12.

  • In Ghana, leveraging the rich historical cultural values of the Ashanti kingdom to conserve Lake Bosumtwi – the only natural lake in Ghana – using culture and folklore;
  • In Canada, helping young people and adults discover life in streams and ponds.

Environmental Education: Oceans

We work towards the Sustainable Development Goal 14 for Life Below Water.

  • In the USA, nurdle hunting with schoolchildren, helping them love their place through citizen science. For example, Coastal Community School in Florida has established a project in partnership with A Rocha USA to study nurdles on Satellite Beach;
  • In Kenya, studying rock pools and working with teachers and students in projects like ASSETS.

Environmental Education: Climate

We work towards the Sustainable Development Goals 7 and 13 for Climate Action working directly with students and households as well as indirectly through capacity development.

Environmental Education: Resources

We collect, produce and share many publications, lesson plans and other supporting resources for A Rocha Environmental Education activities. Some of the most popular ones include:

Support Environmental Education through Gifts with a Difference

A Rocha Uganda is training Kampala pastors in environmentally-sensitive development such as briquette-making from waste materials to replace traditional charcoal and insulated basket construction so that hot food continues to cook, both reducing fuel needs and thus reducing deforestation. One pastor was so encouraged by the local impact that he visited 12 other churches and persuaded them to undertake the same training. He says, ‘Our church is growing and the future looks bright.’

PLEASE HELP US! Through ‘Gifts With a Difference’ at shop.arocha.org you could provide a Ugandan family with a fireless cooker or train ten people to make briquettes: both gifts reduce fuel use, save trees and save money for cash-poor families.

A Rocha Uganda is also training community members around Kampala to create their own tree nurseries as a source of family income and to mitigate against climate change. Your gift could provide a day of training for ten people.

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Dave Bookless

Director of Churches and Theology

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