In the state of Wisconsin it's mandated that teachers in the social sciences and hard sciences have to start giving environmental education by the first grade, through high school.
Loads of chemicals and hazardous wastes have been introduced into the atmosphere that didn't even exist in 1948. The environmental condition of the planet is far worse than it was 42 years ago.
If we continue to address the issue of the environment where we live as though we're the only species that lives here, we'll create a disaster for ourselves.
The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture.
I think the internal combustion engine will disappear from the streets of our cities in the next thirty years because transportation will be mass transportation, or probably electrical power.