GenZs environmental attitudes and ecology behavior nexus: Urgent education message
Teresa LeSage-Clements 1 * , Dmitri Sobolev 2 , Barba Patton 3
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1 College of Education & Health Professions, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, TX, USA2 College of Natural & Applied Sciences, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, TX, USA3 College of Education & Health Professions, University of Houston, Victoria, TX, USA* Corresponding Author

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Environmental education in schools is critical to help decrease plastic litter pollution because plastic pollution could be the most significant health problem of the 21st century. Our research examined the environmental behaviors and attitudes of Generation Z (Gen Z) high school and undergraduate students in South Texas, USA. The research was important because we need to understand what young people believe and value if we are going to see any change in environmental behavior. Results supported research on how teachers can influence student environmental attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge with education. Feedback from students revealed significant attitude change and a rich narrative of pollution and watershed ecology knowledge and behavior themes. These themes disclosed that a holistic environmental science curriculum is necessary to connect Earth systems with the plastic litter pollution cycle.

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Article Type: Research Article

INTERDISCIP J ENV SCI ED, 2024, Volume 20, Issue 2, Article No: e2405

https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/14413

Publication date: 01 Apr 2024

Online publication date: 26 Mar 2024

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