Linda Wilson Chicago April 1, 2008

Hi all

The overall goal of our community and mentor programs is to produce community environmental stewards. We know such a goal has benefit for society as a whole, but would like to investigate how becoming more conservation-minded and taking on environmental stewardship has other benefits to the community. Does anyone know of any research done in this area? In communities with youth at risk for violence, for example, does environmental stewardship, valuing and protecting the environment, correlate with an increased sense of community, lessening violence? Another - we know caring for animals tends to produce more empathy towards other people as well, possibly lessening bullying. Does learning to care for habitats and ecosystems in a community result in more positive feelings about the community, perhaps reducing graffiti or vandalism? What are your thoughts? Are there indirect social benefits to fostering sustainable behavior?

Linda Wilson

Director,
Audience Research and Evaluation
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
lwilson@sheddaquarium.org
PH (312) 692 3261
FAX (312) 939-8677