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Message from the Executive Director
It is appropriate that PEI’s updated website launched as Earth Day and Earth Week began. In celebrating the Earth, our planet, a thing all humans have in common, this year we also consider the important role of science. Science is the process of exploring answers to questions and innovating solutions to problems using scientific inquiry and engineering design. Humans use the knowledge gained from the rigorous practices of science to make decisions as individuals, organizations and political bodies. Science itself is not political; use of science can be political. PEI envisions a scientifically literate citizenry making balanced decisions for a thriving future. Here in Washington State, PEI is working with formal and informal educators to help ensure our students have the information and skills they need to understand the complex systems (ecological, economic and social) at work in their communities. Balanced decision-makers listen to the perspectives of others, learn about and evaluate evidence and integrate that information with their knowledge of their local systems. Let’s make sure science isn’t confused with issues. Let’s continue to use science to guide our decisions and be on the lookout for those that use the science to meet their individual, organizational or political agenda. If students learn to make decisions based on what is needed to sustain our economic, ecological and social systems, our communities will be celebrating Earth Day for decades to come.
In 2017, you will see PEI’s new look and meet new staff, but our commitment to advance science literacy and deepen students’ engagement by empowering educators to take students outdoors to learn integrated, real-world, locally relevant science remains the same. I thank each of you for your ongoing commitment to real-world science, outdoors!