Pledging for the Environment: One Act at a Time

By Jeff Scott.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The purpose of this research was to assess the value of empowering Faculty of Education students in pledging and carrying out “Acts of Green” over a four-month period. Three themes were explored including perceived personal benefit, empowerment and commitment, and attitudinal shift towards environmental education. All three themes focused around pledging to an Act of Green. The Canadian One Million Acts of Green initiative was inspired by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television host George Stroumboulopoulos and encouraged individuals to make a personal environmental pledge resulting in changes to improve our environment and reduce greenhouse gases. The participants in the study included 320 pre-service teachers of which 80.3% (n=257) responded to the on-line anonymous survey. Significant gains were shown in the three focus areas of the study: 1) the respondents, all of whom choose their own personal Act of Green (as opposed to being told what to do) increased their commitment to follow through (89.5% (n=230)); 2) developed a positive attitude towards teaching environmental education in their classroom (91.8% (n=236)); and 3) a vast majority of the respondents would encourage their future students to commit to their own Acts of Green (91% (n=234)).

Keywords: Environmental Education, Stewardship, Empowerment, Acts of Green

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.321-336. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 801.562KB).

Dr. Jeff Scott

Professor, Schlich School of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay,, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Jeff Scott Jeff Scott is currently working in the role of Assistant Professor in the Pre-Service teaching program at Nipissing University. Jeff teaches the science component for primary/junior teachers emphasizing inquiry-based learning and experiential education. Current research interests include inquiry-based instruction, student engagement, sustainability and the environment, and ‘at risk’ learners. Prior to joining Nipissing University, Jeff was a primary/junior teacher and has taught in both Canada and New Zealand.

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