The Study of environmental aesthetics in China begins with the translation of related western works of environmental ethnics and environmental aesthetics in 1980’s. From beginning of this century, integrated with Chinese traditional philosophy, a new turning of the study of environment was formed, focusing on aesthetic view on nature, ecological critics, and aesthetics of landscape. The environmental education in China begins with early 1980’s. The Chinese environmental education has some characters. First, it is a kind of non-systematic and marginalized education, which resulted in incompleteness and arbitrariness. Second, although the environment education penetrated in different levels and areas, with lack of theoretical guiding, it focus on introductory and popular but not original and individualized education. With the gradually appreciation of the importance and value of environment, the education of aesthetics of environment eventually will become important part of the environmental education. In Chinese traditional views of culture, related to human and nature, or human and environment, there are many theories could be borrowed and integrated into the education of aesthetics of environment. We can forecast that application of environmental aesthetics in environmental education will has bigger and bigger space.

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Environmental aesthetics and environmental education in China
Status in quo, problems and future

Bing Liu   Tsinghua University

Wei Song   Tsinghua University

The Study of environmental aesthetics in China begins with the translation of related western works of environmental ethnics and environmental aesthetics in 1980’s. From beginning of this century, integrated with Chinese traditional philosophy, a new turning of the study of environment was formed, focusing on aesthetic view on nature, ecological critics, and aesthetics of landscape. The environmental education in China begins with early 1980’s. The Chinese environmental education has some characters. First, it is a kind of non-systematic and marginalized education, which resulted in incompleteness and arbitrariness. Second, although the environment education penetrated in different levels and areas, with lack of theoretical guiding, it focus on introductory and popular but not original and individualized education. With the gradually appreciation of the importance and value of environment, the education of aesthetics of environment eventually will become important part of the environmental education. In Chinese traditional views of culture, related to human and nature, or human and environment, there are many theories could be borrowed and integrated into the education of aesthetics of environment. We can forecast that application of environmental aesthetics in environmental education will has bigger and bigger space.

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