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A Systems Thinking Reference List

A Systems Thinking Reference List

Peter Senge: “Systems Thinking for a Better World” – Aalto Systems Forum 2014 Systems Thinking with Dr David Orr, Oberlin College David Orr – 2011 Systems Symposium David Orr – Seminar at Schumaker College David Orr – Ecoliteracy and Ecological Education Creating An Interdependence Map Systems Thinking in Biology Education How To Practice Systems Thinking In The Classroom Linda Booth Sweeney — ...

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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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Ecoliteracy : Interdependence Is Life

Ecoliteracy : Interdependence Is Life

Interdependence is a defining feature of all life If I were asked to select one word that describes life on Earth, I would definitely choose the word “interdependence”. Everything in Nature is interconnected. Nothing lives in isolation!! There is no such thing as living separately. Everything, including we humans, depends on everything else in Nature. But, more than mere interconnectedness, interdependence refers to the...

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Nature’s Relationships: We Are Imperiled From Within

Nature’s Relationships: We Are Imperiled From Within

“It makes far better sense to reshape ourselves to fit a finite planet than to attempt to reshape the planet to fit our infinite wants. — David W. Orr.”   A conflict rages between two groups of conservation scientists.  That conflict centers on how we humans must conserve our Earth. As far as I know, no one within these two groups disagrees that humanity is facing a terrible crisis that could affect our very...

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