Environmental Action Civics is an educational approach where youth work in partnership with adults to identify a local environmental issue and engage with community members to take action by advocating for systemic changes to policies or practices.
A central element of Environmental Action Civics is a commitment to prepare youth, especially those from historically marginalized communities, to engage in local environmental decision making now and in the future.
Here's the roadmap.
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Youth Adult Partnership
Youth and adults worked together, in partnership, to choose the issue and strategy and carry out the action plan. Adults and youth shared responsibilities and power throughout the process.
Project & Task Management
Youth led and were responsible for tasks throughout, using peer accountability measures.
Democratic Debating & Decision-Making
All project decisions were made as a group with all voices at the table, using discussion, deliberation, debate, voting methods, criterion-based decision making, etc. to decide the issue selection and solution.
Community (Stakeholder) Engagement
3+ community members (including those impacted by the issue) were engaged to better understand the issue and inform an equitable and impactful action plan.
Youth advocated for a policy or practice change to decision makers in their community.
The action aimed to create long-term, systemic change that addresses the environmental issue.
To navigate this road, you're going to need some tools.
Our training programs are part of ee360+, an ambitious five-year initiative that supports a diverse cadre of environmental education leaders to increase environmental literacy for everyone, everywhere. NAAEE leads the initiative through a cooperative agreement with U.S. EPA and seven partner organizations including Earth Force.
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