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“Restoring Environmental Balance to the Techno-mersion Paradigm” Tom Occhipinti Environmental Education Coordinator Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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“Restoring Environmental Balance to the Techno-mersion Paradigm”Tom OcchipintiEnvironmental Education CoordinatorMichigan Department of Environmental Quality



The very generation that will face the most difficult environmental issues will have the least exposure, understanding, and appreciation for the environment.


Health risks
Health Risks environmental issues will have the least exposure, understanding, and appreciation for the environment.

Kevin Coyle, National Wildlife Federation


An hour per day of outdoor and physical play and activity is recommended.

Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, and National Wildlife Federation


A sense of place
A Sense of Place recommended.

Using the local community as the classroom



Great lakes stewardship initiative
Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative recommended.

  • Discovering PLACE

  • GRAND Learning Network

  • Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative

  • Groundswell

  • Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

  • Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

  • Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition

  • West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative


Michigan no child left inside

Environmental Literacy recommended.

MORE Blueprint

Marketing and Outreach

Outdoor Learning

Capacity Building

Communication

Steering

Michigan No Child Left Inside


An association of professional environmental and outdoor educators promoting environmental literacy through education.


Michigan association of conservation districts macd
Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) educators promoting environmental literacy through education.



Network of 33 math and businesses

science centers to provide

resources to educators in the

fields of math and science



The Stewardship Network: businesses

Connecting in Michigan to protect our natural areas



Environmental education curriculum units businesses

targeted toward Michigan middle schools


Meecs
MEECS businesses

To provide students with the skills and understanding needed to make informed decisions based on:

  • Science concepts

  • Economics and ecological sustainability

  • The role of government

  • Stewardship and pollution prevention

  • The impact and consequences of individual decisions

  • Data-based decision-making


A need for environmental education
A Need for Environmental Education businesses

For the first time in history, we are faced

with the real possibility that life-spans for

the youngest generation may struggle to

reach current life spans projected for

middle-aged adults.


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