Louisiana Environmental Education

A Vision for Environmental Literacy

Louisiana’s rich and dynamic environment encompasses a vast area of land, water, and culture that serve as the lifeblood of this great state. Making wise decisions about using these resources is therefore necessary for us to maintain both a healthy environment and a vibrant economy.

The shared vision of the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is to cultivate a Louisiana citizenry that understands, feels connected to, and is inspired to protect, preserve, and restore our environment for present use and future sustainability.

This means that “environmentally literate” citizens will have the knowledge, tools, and sensitivity to thoughtfully explore environmental issues, select optimal actions to mediate problems, and routinely include the environment as a crucial element in their work, play, and daily life. Environmental literacy encompasses the fields of natural resources management and conservation, environmental quality, coastal restoration and protection, and environmental stewardship. It is through the understanding and appreciation of our natural environment that we will become better prepared citizens ready to make wise decisions regarding our natural resources. This vision supports actions that ensure all Louisianans have the opportunity to learn about and connect with nature in positive ways, developing informed and responsible stewards of our environment.

To foster an environmentally literate populace, citizens should:

  • have opportunities to experience and learn about our natural environment;
  • understand human impact on the environment;
  • develop a sense of stewardship towards the Earth and its finite resources; and,
  • choose actions that protect and nurture the natural environment.
There is no better time than now to support all Louisiana citizens with opportunity to become more connected to our natural world. All stakeholders will be empowered by improved access to information and experiences that lead to responsible practices benefitting our people and environment.

About the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission


 
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The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is a body of 26 commissioners appointed by the Governor. Its members are educators and representatives from small businesses, industry, local municipalities, state agencies and environmental advocates. The commission is tasked with guiding environmental education staff at the Louisiana Department of Education to design and implement programs that fulfill its mission to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that will result in environmentally literate citizens who will effectively and constructively solve existing environmental problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations. Find commission materials, including a meeting minutes archive, on LDOE’s State Advisory Councils Page.

To receive updates about environmental education efforts and opportunities happening throughout the state, sign up for the bimonthly Environmental Education newsletter. If you have questions or would like more information about LEEC or environmental education initiatives at the Department, email environmentaleducation@la.gov.