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This is the seventh of a series of eight discussions on principles, processes, and strategies involved in early childhood education, including environmental education. There is cultural capital in education and there is biophilia capital in education to the environment in early childhood. The habitus represents a child's environment with everything in it and this is where the genesis of child development lies.

a young student sitting at a desk wearing a white VR headset with NZ-VR on it

The ocean and marine environment face many challenges, including overfishing, pollution, temperature increases, the introduction of invasive species, and more. The BLAKE New Zealand (NZ) Virtual Reality (VR) program was launched in 2019 to connect young people with oceans and the marine environment in order to promote ocean stewardship. Read about the BLAKE NZ-VR project in this new GEEP Case Study.

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Rolland Smith shares how nature is an integral part of our being and how we are nature. That perspective helps us think that "all things are truly connected." Seeing, feeling, and knowing makes us better citizens of our world.

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RiSC Dune Grass Planting. Photo credit: Teri Brennan

Youth-led action and nature-based solutions for climate mitigation are the focus of two programs at the National Wildlife Federation. Read how fieldwork and research are powering the students' next steps.


Parley for the Oceans is an organization that focuses on attacking the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. In 2019 we started the environmental education project, “Fighting Marine and Coastal Plastic Pollution.” This project empowered students to gather information about the types of plastics that are being used in Cancún households, raise awareness about reducing plastic consumption and pollution, and measure the behavioral changes that this program activated across 103 households.