Practice of environmental education: short diagnosis in military organizations of Brazilian Army

Eduardo Borba Neves Maressa Cristina de Almeida Piconcelli Sophia Hideko Kohata Oliveira Brani Rozemberg About the authors

This study aimed to diagnose as the Environmental Education (EE) has been developed in the Brazilian Army. The approach used was qualitative. We selected 52 units, so the sampling was non-probabilistic and convenience. The data collection instrument was a questionnaire with open questions, which was sent to military organizations, in the second half of 2009. Data analysis was made through content analysis. It may be noted that most EE activities mentioned were: lectures, meetings or instruction; concern about the trash, waste, recycling and use of natural resources, planting seedlings, protection of green areas and instruction of firefighting. However, most of these were infrequent and discontinuous, which featured an EE approach to conservation. Only in Military Schools, were there programs that favored continuous action and contextualized the sense of EE as critical, transformative and emancipator.

Environmental education; Brazilian Army; Environment

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