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Benefit

What benefits do you expect to bring to primary/ middle school students from eco-education course? Do you think that eco-education courses will influence the whole society widely? Do you think teaching can change those elders’ attitude, who are connected with educated youngsters and make elders’ conducts more eco-friendly? Do you have any accurate eco-statistics (such as statics of recycling, use of natural resources, or efficiency of energy) or explicit examples of eco-friendly conducts done by local or communities after they received eco-education?

There are no statistics that we can provide you so far since the Environmental Education Act has just executed on 5th June 2011, but one sure thing is that from this top-bottom promotion, the idea of eco-friendly can spread to this society. A primary and correct eco-education concept does exist from public servants to levels of schools.

Although the Act was first executed in this year, the Government has dedicated in campaigns and implementation of eco-protection for many years. We have not only prevented and inspected the severe pollution but also promoted community-sweeping activity, which is recently popular. By community sweeping can we bring the concept of eco-friendly into our daily life. In addition, the concepts of energy saving and carbon reduction, and self-prepared cutlery or tumblers have been conducted for a long time. These are all outcomes in promoting and implementing eco-education.

So far the primary/ middle school courses emphasize on parents-children participations. Thus when the schools promote to bring eco-education into standard courses, it not only influences the students but parents. Besides, during the teaching process, ancestors’ wisdom is also conveyed to the youngsters, and we hope to spread these eco-friendly concepts to the public by this interwork.

Recently the Government promotes the “everybody go for eco-protection” activity, such as pick up the trash around you, and encourages people recording their friendly conducts on Ecolife (http://ecolife.epa.gov.tw/). There were 3,047,871 data on the website, and until 2010, it increased to 4,165,416. We can know from this statistics that more and more people are doing their eco-friendly conducts. Meanwhile, with the execution of policy that Government encourages reducing garbage to protect the earth, the daily garbage-handling amount per person has decreased, from 1.14 kg in 1998 to 0.482kg in 2011. EPA also promote the activity of “save energy, reduce carbon”, the relevant activities of saving water or electricity may be queried on the Ecolife (https://ecolife.epa.gov.tw/Cooler/English/English.aspx).