Demand Tchr Activism

Some of the content and tools this page will provide are under contruction. We hope to have them largely completed by the end of 2010.  But don’t wait for the convenience tools we plan, ACT NOW! There are 8 things you can do to amplify our voices and multiply them to gain more action!

Demand Truth-telling Activism from Educators

We ask that you attend closely to the first action SEN urges you to undertake and the reasons for it.  The North American Association for Environment Education (NAAEE) is comprised chiefly of environmental science teachers in the USA, Canada, and more than 55 countries around the world. NAEEE is one of the world’s largest formal organizations comprised of environmental experts who know and are gravely concerned about the approaching catastrophe of resource exhaustion if more is not done with all due speed.

BUT, (1) NAAEE believes “in teaching people how to think about the environment, not what to think”, (2) a considerable portion of its effort necessarily goes to pursue the self interests of members and the setting of standards, and (3) activism as to the urgent need to avert or mitigate catastrophe within the lifetimes of the very students they are responsible to teach is inhibited by public education’s reluctance to promote conclusions, values and actions that the public does not unanimously agree with.  

SEN therefore urges support of NAAEE, but also greater attention to teaching the need for change and the consequences of doing too little too late, age-appropriately of course.

ACTION 1: Click here to send an email to NAAEE, messaging in your own words or ours: The resources of earth are  being exhausted by a growing global population at a rate that cannot be sustained. It will lead to catastrophic loss of life for decades, within the lifetimes of the very children your members are responsible to teach. I must insist your members urgently devote greater attention to age-appropriate teaching of the need for change and the consequences of doing too little too late.                   

ACTION 2: Click here to send the same message as in Action 1 above via email to the National Education Association (NEA).

ACTION 3: Click here to send the same message as in Action 1 above via email to the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). You need not be Catholic, and also, parochial schools have more latitude for social action.

ACTION 4:  Send an email to eseacomments@mail.house.gov stating increased environmental education is urgently needed, and that therefore you support the inclusion of the No Child Left Inside Act (H.R. 2053) in the reauthorized ESEA.

Why do this? This action supports NAAEE. The National Environmental Education Act, the primary source of federal support for K-12 environmental education, provided only $6.6 million last year, an average of only $132,000 per state.  

ACTION 5: Send an email to naesp@naesp.org (National Association of Elementary School Principals) saying in your own words or ours: The resources of earth are being exhausted by a growing global population at a rate that cannot be sustained. It will lead to catastrophic loss of life for decades, within the lifetimes of the very students your members are responsible to educate. Please ask your Principals  to urgently devote greater attention to age-appropriate teaching of the need for change and the consequences of doing too little too late.

PS SEN’S Co-Founder Gregory Hilbert worked with NAESP Exec Director Gail Connelly and Foundation CEO Ernie Mannino while he was Vice President of Education World. They are good people and you may rest assured Gregory will be contacting them also.

ACTION 6: Send the same email as in Action 5 above to the National Association of Secondary School principals at alliances2@principals.org

ACTION 7: Click here and register as a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) member (it’s free) so that you can comment in favor of urgent environmental education on the community blog.

ACTION 8: Talk to your child’s teachers, and attend a PTO meeting of your child’s school. Speak sincerely and firmly. Find out if there is a student club for environmental awareness. If not, urge that one be formed.

Ask Your Friends to Do the Same!

2 comments

  1. Betty G says:

    I talked to a friend who’s active in PTO. She’s going to take this up at the May meeting, because she agrees more needs to be done and she thinks others will also! My first success as an activist!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m in agreement with you, and I’m an NAAEE member! Many of us feel our older leadership promotes a posture that causes ES teachers and students alike to see environmental problems wearing “rose-colored glasses” well into highschool. We should be revealing more of the dire facts and at lower grades than we are now. While care must be taken not to frighten children, care must also be taken not to be dishonest.

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