Nature-based environmental education of children: Environmental knowledge and connectedness to nature, together, are related to ecological behaviour

  title={Nature-based environmental education of children: Environmental knowledge and connectedness to nature, together, are related to ecological behaviour},
  author={Siegmar Otto and Pamela M. Pensini},
  journal={Global Environmental Change-human and Policy Dimensions},

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