II. The Conference endorses the following goals, objectives, and guiding principles for environmental education:
The goals of environmental education are:
- to foster clear awareness of, and concern about, economic, social, political, and ecological interdependence in urban and rural areas;
- to provide every person with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment, and skills needed to protect and improve the environment;
- to create new patterns of behavior of individuals, groups, and society as a whole towards the environment.
The categories of environmental education objectives are:
- Awareness—to help social groups and individuals acquire an awareness and sensitivity to the total environment and its allied problems.
- Knowledge—to help social groups and individuals gain a variety of experience in, and acquire a basic understanding of, the environment and its associated problems.
- Attitudes—to help social groups and individuals acquire a set of values and feelings of concern for the environment and the motivation for actively participating in environmental improvement and protection.
- Skills—to help social groups and individuals acquire the skills for identifying and solving environmental problems.
- Participation—to provide social groups and individuals with an opportunity to be actively involved at all levels in working toward resolution of environmental problems.