Green education is a method of teaching and understanding a connection between the environment and the know-how of sustainable production that is necessary for managing the ecological issues of today. Some of these demands are climate, pollution, and population growth. We all know how important a “green” environmentally friendly education is, but some trends are disturbing when you are considering sustainable production. Even though there is an apparent rise in interest in this type of educational knowledge and more students are seeking to learn more on sustainable production, there is also a concern that, as environmentalism becomes more commonplace, the ideas on how to manage these environmental problems will become less radical and, because of that, less effective. These conclusions have been based on legislation and recent trends of “organic” consumer goods and produce.
Considering the Future: Trends in Education, Business and Government
It is very encouraging to see that a sustainable production education has become more available to the student population. Many of the more innovative universities are teaching environmental law and sustainable farming, which helps us understand our current ecological state and also help to prepare the students for a future workforce that is doing more proactively every day to try and make sure that they are environmentally friendly and taking action when things are below standards. Legislative trends now seem to support the absolute minimum of standards for environmental protection. This is a concern for the people that believe in the “head on” approach to fighting for environmental concerns. There is also a trend in the current legislation to find a way to offer businesses incentives to be more environmentally “green” with methods such as “Cap and Trade” that would have pollution units being traded like stocks at the stock exchange. This would give us no better a guarantee of better environmental standards from big businesses or less pollution in our environment.
Green Education and Rising Cultural Trends
This leads us to our topic of “organic” consumer goods and produce, which is becoming an increasing trend in our current culture. Green education can teach our students how they can be more conscious of our consumption of products, but it will not be enough to make changes to the current powerful forces that are molding our current environmental practices that are unsustainable. Among the least impactful and weakest influences of our green environmental education is the tendency to make our culture buy more “organic” commodities, but the word “organic” which is owned by the FDA, by the way, does not always indicate that the goods that you are buying were produced truly organically or “sustainably”. Also the goods are becoming more expensive and of consequence, less available to the population at large. It would be a great loss to us culturally if the values and methods of what green education can teach us get wasted on trips to the grocery store.
The Promises and Limits of Green Education
Many people do believe that green education’s future is promising in the light of the access through new green programs at many universities, but with new jobs being created to cope with our ecological problems and more attention being paid to being green and environmentally conscious, it appears that the some of the solutions to these environmental and ecological problems have become less radical, and seem to be ruled by legislative actions and market trends. It is hoped that students that are receiving a green education now will feel inspired to protect the necessary funding for these types of programs and be able to organize a drastic change in practices that are currently harming our environment.