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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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The Architecture of Biodiversity

The Architecture of Biodiversity

  What Does Biodiversity Mean? Biodiversity is an interesting word so commonly used that it is beginning to sound like “motherhood” and “hot apple pie”. Said another way, many people, especially students, learn the word and are told that it is good. They are told that we must preserve biodiversity. So they agree with it. But, without further help from an environmental educator, they are not sure how or why. They are told that:...

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Ecoliteracy : The Poverty of Human Insight

Ecoliteracy : The Poverty of Human Insight

Human population growth is not sustainable on a planet with finite resources. Scientist Joe Hutto, in his book “The Light In High Places”, offers his perspective: “It is not the greed of multinational corporations with their vicious bulldozers, chain saws, and oil rigs that consume resources, but rather individuals like you and me creating these insatiable demands. The real problem is our many nonnegotiable needs for...

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