The International Cooperation of Environmental Youth (ICEY) is an organization established “to educate young people about various environment issues including:
1. The causes and effects of climate change and pollution
2. Protecting and providing clean water sources
3. Working toward achieving renewable energy
4. Protecting forests and wildlife
5. Healthy nutritional habits and organic foods
6. Educating youth about the environment
7. Humanitarian environmentalism”
Education is a key component of ICEY’s efforts: “Education is an important part of empowering today’s youth. For some, that education may be how to make their part of the world a cleaner place to live. Others may be shown how to help the earth while creating food sources to sustain themselves.” ICEY’s education includes hands on activities, like showing children how to plant trees, and more traditional exercises like their Classroom Green project which teaches environmental stewardship to children in schools.
How do you learn about the environment? Do you prefer hands on activities like planting a vegetable garden or cleaning up a beach, or do you enjoy learning about the science and ethics and ideas behind the environmental movement from books and teachers?