Advocacy and Policy

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If you are interested in advocating for environmental education, building support for your programs, organizing activities in your community, or securing funding, then you may be interested in pursuing a career in policy! Environmental advocacy and policy encompass crucial roles in safeguarding our planet and promoting sustainable practices.

Environmental policy
Environmental policy professionals focus on shaping laws, regulations, and guidelines related to environmental protection. Their responsibilities include:

  • Research and Analysis: They examine scientific data and existing legislation to create new laws and standards that address environmental challenges.
  • Public Policy Alteration: By influencing public policy and social institutions, they strive to enhance environmental management and resource conservation.
  • Government Agencies and Beyond: Environmental policy experts often work for government agencies, nonprofits, corporations, and politicians.

Skills Needed: Critical thinking, computer proficiency, and effective communication are essential traits for success in this field.
Education: Most careers in environmental policy require a Master’s degree, although exceptions exist1.

Environmental Planning:
Environmental planners focus on land use and resource management. Their tasks include

  • Efficient Land Use: They create programs to use land more effectively while minimizing harm to the environment.
  • Risk Prediction: Environmental planners anticipate potential risks and develop strategies to mitigate them.
  • Balancing Resources: They balance natural resource utilization with environmental preservation.

Environmental planning jobs often involve office work, research, and collaboration. Some roles may require outdoor oversight or implementation of building programs.

Environmental Advocacy:
Environmental advocates work tirelessly to protect our planet. Their roles include:

  • Conservation: Advocates focus on preserving natural habitats, endangered species, and ecosystems.
  • Alternative Energy: They promote clean energy sources and advocate for sustainable practices.
  • Policy-Making: Advocates engage in policy development, lobbying, and activism.
  • Research and Consulting: They contribute to research, advise organizations, and consult on environmental matters.
  • Diverse Settings: Environmental advocates can be found in academia, nonprofits, government agencies, and the private sector.

These careers play pivotal roles in shaping environmental policies, preserving natural resources, and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet

What should I study?
To work in the field of policy, a four-year degree is required. A master’s degree, Ph.D. or a J.D. degree is sometimes preferred. In some positions, a knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations and policies would be very helpful.