Role of libraries in ecological education of citizens is to present reliable ecologic information and to enlighten them.
Ecological education – process and result of digestion of system knowledge, skills and experience in the sphere of influence on the environment, its condition and consequences of environment alternations. The term was coined at the Conference organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (UICN) in 1970.
(V.V. Snakin, Ecology and Nature protection; Glossary./ Valery V. Snakin./ Redaction of A.L. Yanshin, Academic. – Moscow, Academia, 2000. 384 pages, illustrations. – Lit: 105 title (in the end): page 381-384)
"Environmental information" means any information in written, visual, aural, electronic or any other material form on:
- The state of elements of the environment, such as air and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites, biological diversity and its components, including genetically modified organisms, and the interaction among these elements;
- Factors, such as substances, energy, noise and radiation, and activities or measures, including administrative measures, environmental agreements, policies, legislation, plans and programmes, affecting or likely to affect the elements of the environment within the scope of subparagraph (a) above, and cost- benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used in environmental decision-making;
- The state of human health and safety, conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures, inasmuch as they are or may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment or, through these elements, by the factors, activities or measures referred to in subparagraph (b) above;
(Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters Fourth Ministerial Arhus, Denmark, 23 - 25 June 1998)
Ecological information – is the process of announcing purposely selected and adapted information in the sphere of ecology for audience.