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Increasing Awareness Through Environmental Education

Helping to motivate changes in attitudes and behaviors

From its beginnings in 1997, NCI has developed an extensive program of environmental education, aiming to increase the general public’s knowledge and awareness of a wide array of environmental issues. We stress the adequate management of natural resources, active participation by local community members and the importance of living in a healthy environment free of contamination.

The program is helping to motivate a change in people’s behaviors and attitudes, as evidenced by the public’s great acceptance of the issues and by environmentally-friendly actions of authorities, students, professionals and the public in general.

One of our priorities is working with students of all ages, encouraging them to think critically about environmental topics, and to talk about the issues with their families outside of the classroom. We also hold workshops with teachers to give them the information they need to integrate environmental education into their everyday classes.

Through a program of over 40 annual Ecological Events, we work with local EcoClubs to help to boost the participation of citizens and students, forming a critical mass that affects decision making on matters such as the administration of natural resources and the quality of the environment.

The Schoolyard Ecology program prepares teachers and students with a simple methodology of scientific research applied to the environment.

NCI has also organized and sponsored several International Congresses to educate and train students about specific themes on a practical yet academic level. Through a number of fairs including the local EcoFair and the Bi-national Fair/Expositions of Science and Technology (FEBICYT), students from Ecuador and Peru demonstrate their knowledge and development of the environment through scientific projects.

We also produce a number of publications that are distributed to the government agencies, students, farming communities, and the general public depending on the topic.

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