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Environmental Intelligence: A Key Tool for Sustainable Engagement With Our Environment

Environmental Intelligence: A Key Tool for Sustainable Engagement With Our Environment
Children from the Santa Cruz Island community learn about the giant tortoises at Rancho Primicias.
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The growing

Concern about climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation has driven a renewed focus on environmental intelligence. This term refers to the ability to understand and make informed decisions about our natural environment, promoting engagement in environmental protection as a means of survival.

Environmental intelligence

Goes beyond mere knowledge of ecological issues; it involves a deep understanding of natural systems and the interconnectedness of all life forms on the planet. Through environmental intelligence, people develop an appreciation of nature’s importance and intrinsic value, understanding how our actions directly or indirectly impact the environment we live in and our well-being.

In the Galápagos islands

Environmental intelligence is critical for fostering support for conservation and promoting conscious practices. Our director of conservation, Dr. Jorge Carrión, emphasized that “the commitment of human beings to caring for the environment is essential for facing environmental challenges and building a sustainable future for the next generations.”

Enviromental intelligence

Plays a crucial role in this commitment, as it allows us to:

Make informed decisions.

It provides the information needed to make more responsible lifestyle and consumption choices. We can choose sustainable practices, support conservation initiatives, and opt for cleaner, more environmentally friendly technologies.

Engage in conservation.

It connects us with the value of biodiversity and ecosystems. As a result, we can actively participate in conservation and restoration initiatives, protecting biological diversity and natural resources for our present and future benefit.

Raise awareness.

It empowers us to educate others about the importance of caring for the environment. By sharing our knowledge, we can inspire more people to adopt sustainable practices and positively impact our communities.

Our education expert

Jenny Macías, underscores that environmental intelligence shows us everything in nature is interconnected. It invites us to view the world holistically and understand that our actions have long-term consequences. Caring for the environment is a responsibility and an opportunity to live in harmony with nature and conserve the planet for future generations.


Environmental Intelligence: A Key Tool for Sustainable Engagement With Our Environment
Experts emphasize the importance of introducing impactful environmental education early on. A child's curiosity can spark a lifetime of conservation efforts. ©Galápagos Conservancy

There is no better time than now to embrace this approach and take action, as the planet’s future depends on our collective commitment to caring for our environment.

With the power of environmental intelligence

Everyone has the potential to make a difference and contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous future for all of humanity and the natural world.

Environmental Intelligence: A Key Tool for Sustainable Engagement With Our Environment
Experiential learning is crucial for developing environmental intelligence, and gaining direct knowledge
of nature in the field is highly beneficial. ©Galápagos Conservancy