Understanding cultural competency in experiential environmental education programs: A report from the cultural competency assessment project.
This report profiles the cultural competency dimension of the work of three experiential environmental education (E3) programs in Boston, MA.
The quality of life in a city is inextricably linked to its natural and built environment. Without care, nurturing and advocacy, this environment is highly susceptible to a host of threats. Individuals living in a city can contribute to the environment’s well-being by simple acts such as cleaning up litter or planting trees. They can take these actions even further by getting their neighbors involved or testifying at public meetings. But these actions, small or large, can only happen when city residents are aware of and are encouraged to explore and enjoy their environment, have a strong sense of belonging and ownership of their communities, gain an understanding of how their individual actions affect the environment, and are equipped with the skills to make informed decisions and take action if necessary.