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Interested in what primary and secondary sources are, or the difference between an environmental problem and issue?

Primary sources

  • Accounts of an event, written by someone who experienced or witnessed it
  • Original documents, often diaries, letters, memoirs, journals, speeches, manuscripts, interviews and other unpublished works.
  • Published pieces such as newspaper or magazine articles (as long as they are written soon after and not as historical accounts)
  • Photographs, audio or video recordings, research reports in the natural or social sciences, or original literary or theatrical works


Secondary sources

  • Interpret, assign value to, conjecture on and draw conclusions about the events reported in primary sources
  • One step removed from the event, problem or issue under review
  • Are usually are in the form of published works such as journal articles or books, but may include radio or television documentaries or conference proceedings.

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Environmental problems and environmental issues

Here are some useful explanations of what certain words and phrases mean in the field of Environmental Education (EE): 

Goal:  a desired result from an activity, lesson or course of study.We use the terms 'problem' and 'issue' because EE defines these differently. Understanding this is useful in YRE.

Environmental problem: a specific example of an existing or potential environmental degradation, destruction, pollution, etc.

Environmental issue: related to, but distinguished from, an environmental problem. It reflects the presence of differing perspectives on possible solutions to an environmental problem. Source: NAAEE

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