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Political Will And Environmental Thinking

Political Will And Environmental Thinking

As a working conservation biologist and an environmental educator, I have gained enough experience to be passionately euphoric as my young students acquire a genuine consciousness for interdependence in Nature. I have also experienced the stubborn ignorance of some adult humans as they exercise their belief that they are somehow entitled to special privileges that are destructive to Nature. Usually, this group of maligning adults attempt...

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Educators Can Guide Our Youth To Live Nature’s Story

Educators Can Guide Our Youth To Live Nature’s Story

“When our central organizing priority becomes the well-being of all life, then what happens through us is the recovery of our world.” -Joanna Macy – Active Hope I fear for the future of my class of high school students who are finishing their final year before going to college. We adults are leaving these fine young people a real ecological mess. Many of you who are reading this essay know the grim projections of bad...

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Interbeing – No Man Is An Island

Interbeing – No Man Is An Island

  “Not only is no man an island, but rather his “interbeing” is shared with the plants and animals he eats, the people who make his clothes and food, the people who populate his home, country and the very world he perceives, the insects that pollinate the trees that yield his fruit, shade him from the sun, and provide lumber or his...

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Climate Change Is A Moral Issue

Climate Change Is A Moral Issue

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children” — North American Proverb I am privileged to be mentoring an environmental education program at a local high school. As I began preparing for another school year, five of my new students approached me and asked that I focus some of my classes on issues involving climate change. I was overwhelmed with delight by this...

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A Systems Thinking Reference List

A Systems Thinking Reference List

The Systems View of Life Is A Unifying Vision Author Jeremy Lent suggests that we must understand Nature as a networked system:    “The systems perspective offers important insights into the nature of reality that upend many assumptions forming the basis of the predominant worldview. It tells us that the relationship between things is frequently more important than the things themselves. It emphasizes that everything in the natural world...

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An Educator’s Wish List In A Changing World

An Educator’s Wish List In A Changing World

Preparing Our Youth For  A Changing World Many things in our world will be changing soon. Our world will become an uncertain and very different place for all life on Earth including our young people, their children, and their grandchildren. Here are four examples of what is predicted by many scientists and sociologists : By the year 2050, the effects of climate change will start redefining how we live. Locally, climate change will cause...

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