Environmental Education in Portugal: An Overview on Opportunities and Perspectives

By:
Luisa Schmidt,
Joaquim Gil Nave,
Joao Guerra
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Currently, there is no a seriously integrated program on environmental education in Portugal led by governmental agencies, but only disparate voluntary initiatives. However, several surveys had evidenced in the 1990’s a growth of concerns by young people on environmental issues in Portugal, though people (even the youth) remained misinformed about and non-participative in civic actions on environmental issues. This means that environmental education in Portugal is being ineffective, since it does not account on the levels of people’s literacy, which is in general very low for a wide part the population. It means also that systematic studying on the issue is lacking, in order to have deep information on the situation. Who are the agents on the terrain, what funding is available, what is the impact of hard social and economic investment on environmental education. Actually, there is no systematic data on environmental education in public schools, from children garden to high schools.
The aim of this study (still in progress) is to identify, characterize, collect and systematize data on initiatives of environmental education in Portugal.


Keywords: Environmental Education, Sustainable Development, Portugal
Stream: Environmental Sustainability, Cultural Sustainability, Economic Sustainability, Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Luisa Schmidt

Senior Researcher, ICS- Instituto de Ciências Sociais (social Sciences Institute), Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon University)
Portugal

Sociologist, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences – University of Lisbon. She particularly runs studies on sociology of the media and environmental sociology. Since its foundation in 1995, she co-leads the OBSERVA - Observatório Permanente de Ambiente, Sociedade e Opinião Pública, a research program on environment, society, and public opinion. At the OBSERVA she has run and co-ordinated a lot of researches on this field, e.g., nationwide surveys on environmental values and policy issues; on local administration, sustainable development, and environmental policy at the local level; on environmental education; on natural parks and reservations’ issues; on environment and the media, and so on, which allowed her a lot of publications. She is also member of the National Council for the Environment, an independent agency of the administration in charge of monitoring environmental policy initiatives and legislation. She is also a very well known environmental journalist at Expresso, a top weekly newspaper in Portugal

Joaquim Gil Nave

Professor and researcher, OBSERVA - Social Research Center on Environmental issues, ISCTE - Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empresa
Portugal

Sociologist, Senior Professor at the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa - ISCTE (University Institute of Social Sciences and Business Studies). He particularly runs studies courses on environmental sociology and co-leads the OBSERVA - Observatório Permanente de Ambiente, Sociedade e Opinião Pública (a research program on environment, society, and public opinion) since its foundation in 1995. At the OBSERVA he has run and co-ordinated a lot of researches on the field, e.g., nationwide surveys on environmental values and policy issues; studies on local administration, sustainable development, and environmental policy at the local level; on environmental education; on risk and pollution in industrial regions; on environmental movements, and so on, which allowed him a lot of publications. He is still very active in supervising university studies

Joao Guerra

Researcher, ICS - Instituto de Ciencias Sociais (social Sciences Institute), Universidade de Lisboa (University of Lisbon)
Portugal

Sociologist, Researcher at OBSERVA - Observatório Permanente de Ambiente, Sociedade e Opinião Pública (a research program on environment, society, and public opinion) since 1998. At the OBSERVA he has run a lot of researches on the field, e.g. "First OBSERVA inquiry to the Portuguese about environment and environment values"; "Second OBSERVA inquiry to the Portuguese about environment and environment values"; "Sustainability and quality of life indicators – a municipal tool to measure quality of life in Portugal"; "Local Agenda 21 and local Leaders – Governance and civic participation in Portugal"; "The trends of Environmental Education in Portugal"; and "Protected Areas, sustainability and Development".
which allowed him a lot of publications

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