Report on EE and Faith


"Although the faith community has a strong environmental ethic inherent in all the major religious traditions, particularly in the area of environmental and social justice, the focus of the faith community’s work on environmental issues has been on adult advocacy and civic engagement. This has built capacity within a segment of the faith community but has left out intentional outreach to children and youth. Various environmental education materials and programs have been developed for the faith community but these efforts have lacked a comprehensive environmental education focus with children (K-12) in either formal or nonformal religious settings. As environmental values continue to evolve in faith communities, an opportunity exists to provide environmental education through religious educational programs such as Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and summer residential camps hosted by congregations and camp and conference centers."