Lawrence Dan Dizon: Greening the education system.

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Throughout our youth we learn specific subjects chosen by those who organize our education system. Typically, the subjects remain unchanged and consist of broad coverage. For example, math and science are mandatory subjects, which we learn about repeatedly. Despite being in a socially, economically, and environmentally shifting world, new school subjects, that are more applicable to our current situation, are often not offered. Lawrence Dan Dizon suggests that Environmental Science classes deserve to play a role in school curriculums. Dizon is currently working on a project to address the “environmental void” in the education system and hopes to encourage schools to teach about environmental issues. Dizon’s determination to bring Environmental Science to schools around the world is commendable. His commitment to provoke the change has landed Dizon amongst the finalists in CoalitionWILD’s 2013 Wilder World Challenge!

The impact of bringing Environmental Science into the curriculum goes much further than teaching environmental facts. Dizon suggests that if individuals are exposed to environmental issues in their childhood, it could motivate them to create a healthier, wilder future. Learning about environmental issues at an early age also creates the opportunity to engage in environmental issues before they become uncontrollable. If children are exposed to the history of environmental issues, the current ecological situation, and our potential future there is an opportunity to create positive change. Dizon hopes that children can, in turn, teach others, in particular other generations, about the importance of dealing with environmental issues. A chain reaction of positive change can address important issues and spread the green movement far into the future.

Dizon hopes to begin his project at a local level and eventually expand to a national, and hopefully international, level. Beginning in Los Angeles, California, Dizon hopes his project will take root and spread state-wide. An embracing of Dizon’s project, from both students and educators, can springboard his initiative to a national level, ensuring youth are intrpduced to environmental education throughout the United States.

The motivation and passion behind Dizon’s project stems from his exposure to Environmental Science in the 12th grade. According to Dizon, since taking an Environmental Science class, his awareness and sympathy for Mother Nature dramatically shifted. In addition, Dizon wondered why he had not learned about the human impact on the planet in previous years. This absence of relevant and important knowledge motivated him to start his project. The void in the curriculum and unwavering education system had left Dizon surprised, but moreso, motivated to create change.  

Becoming aware of the impact humans have on the environment is an important catalyst to change. Learning about how we affect how humans impact other species and the natural environment is essential to create a wilder world. Dizon suggests a wilder world consists of the planet “operating in a natural state of equilibrium without the interference of human settlement.” We are meticulously intertwined with nature’s systems and can drastically alter its state of equilibrium.

We wish Dizon the best of luck on his project and hope to see environmental education become an international success. His forward-looking attitude and hunger for change is incredible. The Starfish and CoalitioWILD congratulate Lawrence Dan Dizon for being one of the 2013 Wilder World Challenge’s finalists!