Earthwatch Education spotlight: Megan Evans
Megan Evans is the Learning & Engagement Manager at Earthwatch Europe. We spoke to her about what she does and why she does it.
What do you in your day-to-day role?
My typical day can involve anything from running in-person or online training workshops for educators, running Tiny Forest science days with schools, strategic design of our learning programmes for our Teach Earth offer, teaming up with our research teams to create curriculum linked learning resources, or exploring collaborative approaches to our work with partners.
Why is environmental education important for children?
Outdoor and environmental learning has the opportunity to increase confidence, wellbeing, levels of concentration and even academic success in the long term. By working with the next generation of school teachers, we can equip them with the tools and confidence they need to lead inspiring environmental education and teach their pupils outside the classroom on a regular basis. Teachers are pivotal in creating the space for their students to build and maintain their connection to nature. As a result, students and teachers are more likely go on to take pro-environmental actions in their own lives and communities. These experiences will become increasingly important in the face of climate change and in the recovery from Covid-19.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is the stories from teachers after we have worked with them, hearing how their confidence and curiosity grown. I love the idea that our work simply plants the seeds of growth, for educators to feel empowered in leading outdoor learning, inspired to create meaningful learning about the environment and motivated to drive change.
Is there something that gives you hope about the future of the environment?
The passion of the next generation. We see it through our discussions with young people and educators we work with, through the school strikes for the climate and through the empowerment of young voices speaking up and leading change for the planet. It’s a tough road ahead, but I believe the next generation are demonstrating such resilience and creativity, if we listen to them, and act meaningfully, change can be achieved.
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