In a book entitled 'English Via Environmental Education: Green Lessons For The English Classroom', Anita Lie has written that The united nations formulated six objectives for enviromental education. Each objective is explained below.
- Awareness: this objective means that people should be aware of enviromental problems. For example, people should be aware of polluted rivers and the dangers that contaminated water from polluted rivers can cause.
- Knowledge: this objective means that people must have a basic understanding of the environment, environmental problems, and humans’ critical role in causing and solving environmental problems. For example, people should know about the causes of polluted rivers and possible actions they might take to clean up rivers.
- Attitude: this objective means that people should care about the environment and have a desire to solve environmental problems. For example, people should care about deforestations and want to take action to prevent it.
- Skills: this objective means that people should have the ability to solve environmental problems. Ability includes language skills as well as as sciencetific and technological skills. For example, language could be used to write materials in forming people about the risks of pesticide use. Similarly, language could be used to pursuade people to take to decrease pollution.
- Evaluation ability: this objective means that people can decide what is the best thing to do to help the environment. While everyone will agree that we must do something to save the environment, there are may disagreement about what exactly to do. For example, would it be best to close down a factory and cause people to lose jobs in an effort to lessen in air pollutions?
- Participation: this objective means that people should take action to solve environmental problems. The above five objectives amount to nothing if people do not translate their awareness, knowledge, attitude, skills, and evaluation ability into action.