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Environmental Education: Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples in Western Siberia

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School of Advanced Studies, Tyumen State University, 625003 Tyumen, Russia
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Deputy Director of the Development Fund for Indigenous Minorities of the North, 625000 Tyumen, Russia
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Sustainability 2021, 13(7), 4040; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13074040
Received: 28 January 2021 / Revised: 25 March 2021 / Accepted: 31 March 2021 / Published: 5 April 2021
The goal of environmental education is to form a respectful attitude towards nature in the interests of sustainable development. This paper describes the environmental education program at an ethnic camp, which enables visitors to become familiar with the ecological wisdom of the indigenous peoples of Western Siberia, Russia. This program illustrates how indigenous communities can participate in the global agenda as actors suggesting their responses to global environmental challenges. This paper aims to assess the content, form, and effectiveness of the environmental education program at the ethnic camp. The content and form were assessed in compliance with the elements of modern environmental education. To measure the effectiveness of the education program, the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) was used to study the students’ intentions to engage in sustainable behavior after visiting the ethnic camp. The research participants were 210 university students. This program is rich in content and form, including traditional activities and the ecological wisdom of the indigenous peoples. However, the findings demonstrated that the program had little effect on their sustainable environmental behavior. No significant differences were found between the results of the experimental and control groups. The study suggests ways to improve the education program. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental education; indigenous peoples; sustainable development goals; ecological wisdom of indigenous peoples; ethnic camp; theory of planned behavior environmental education; indigenous peoples; sustainable development goals; ecological wisdom of indigenous peoples; ethnic camp; theory of planned behavior
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Zakharova, O.V.; Suvorova, L.G.; Bogdanova, M.V.; Zakharov, A.V.; Permyakov, A.; Malykh, I.Y. Environmental Education: Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples in Western Siberia. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4040. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13074040

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Zakharova OV, Suvorova LG, Bogdanova MV, Zakharov AV, Permyakov A, Malykh IY. Environmental Education: Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples in Western Siberia. Sustainability. 2021; 13(7):4040. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13074040

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Zakharova, Olga V., Lyudmila G. Suvorova, Mariya V. Bogdanova, Anton V. Zakharov, Anton Permyakov, and Irina Y. Malykh 2021. "Environmental Education: Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples in Western Siberia" Sustainability 13, no. 7: 4040. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13074040

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