Environmental Principles & Concepts

California Environmental Principals and Concepts

According to the California Education and the Environment Initiative, "CA's Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs) highlight the deep relationship between humans and the natural world.

"Students and teachers need not memorize the five environmental principles and fifteen supporting concepts. Rather, they are “big ideas” intended to inform standards-based instruction and fuel student inquiry. Teachers can support environmental literacy by helping students to understand and apply the EP&Cs across academic disciplines and in the real world.

By law, the EP&Cs must be addressed in future California textbooks and instructional materials adopted by the state. In 2016, the EP&Cs were integrated into the revised California History-Social Science and the new California Science framework. As a result, subsequent state textbook adoptions will incorporate the EP&Cs."

The EcoBlitz focuses on several of the EP&Cs including Principal 2 & 5

Principle 2 - People Influence Natural Systems

The long-term functioning and health of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems are influenced by their relationships with human societies.

Principle 5 - Decisions Affecting Resources and Natural Systems are Complex and Involve Many Factors

Decisions affecting resources and natural systems are based on a wide range of considerations and decision-making processes.