1179 A p p e n d i x C Curricula for Environmental Education and Environmental Health Science Education in Primary and Secondary Schools At the first major international conference on the environment, the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972, countries recommended the establishment of “an international program in environmental education, interdisciplinary in approach, in school and out of school, encompassing all levels of education and directed toward the general public, in particular the ordinary citizen living in rural and urban areas, youth and adult alike, with a view to educating him as to the simple steps he might take, within his means, to manage and control his environment.”1 Four years later, at the Belgrade Conference, the following goal of environ- mental education was proposed: “The goal of environmental education is to develop a world population that is aware of, and concerned about the environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivation and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solution of current problems and the prevention of new ones.”2 This goal is still widely used today. Environmental education should begin early and continue through high school. Children who receive environmental education may be able to prevent environmental exposures through community involvement and through 69_PEH_AppC_1179-1188.indd 1179 10/2/18 10:10 AM
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