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Ecoliteracy – Rethinking Environmental Education

Ecoliteracy – Rethinking Environmental Education

  “If literacy is driven by the search for knowledge, ecological literacy is driven by the sense of wonder, the sheer delight of being alive in a beautiful, mysterious, bountiful world.” – David W. Orr   ” Our greatest challenge lies in rethinking what kind of education is appropriate for a species whose standards of success threaten its ecological foundations.”  — David W. Orr Environmental education is...

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Ecoliteracy -The Power of Legacy

Ecoliteracy -The Power of Legacy

Legacy building is about being mindful of the opportunity and the responsibility you have to serve humanity   Webster’s dictionary defines legacy as, “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.”  Legacy is not bound by age or time served. Your legacy is not defined at the end of the road but rather by the moments that you share your life with others. Your  legacy is reinforced and modified by the feedback...

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Ecoliteracy – Our Earth Is A Living System

Ecoliteracy – Our Earth Is A Living System

Everything within Nature is interconnected and interdependent   Interdependence is an important word that refers to the tendency of all creatures in Nature  to be linked and interdependent upon other creatures.  If we were to draw a diagram of this interdependence, we would see a massive network of living creatures, including ourselves, either directly or indirectly connected. This network of life is commonly called a “living...

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Ecoliteracy – A Systems View Of Life

Ecoliteracy – A Systems View Of Life

“All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. His instincts prompt him to compete for his place in the community but his ethics prompt him to co-operate (perhaps in order that there may be a place to compete for).” –– from Aldo Leopold “A Sand County Almanac” 1949 The Systems View of Life Is A Unifying Vision In order to become ecologically literate and to...

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Ecoliteracy : We Need An An Ecoliterate Citizenry

Ecoliteracy : We Need An An Ecoliterate Citizenry

“In the opening years of the 21st century, we face enormous challenges. We can no longer afford the luxury of pursuing various intellectual and vocational disciplines apart from environmental and social realities. We must reform our economy and way of life towards a life sustaining society. To do this, we need an “ecoliterate” citizenry, aware of our interconnectedness with all living beings, and willing to act on that awareness. Now...

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What Is Ecoliteracy ?

What Is Ecoliteracy ?

“One of the most urgent issues facing humanity is fixing our broken relationship with the earth, on which all life depends”  — Sir Ken Robinson As an environmental educator who works with senior level high school students, my definition of happiness is sending my group off to college knowing that they fully comprehend and practice the definition of life that: “Everything  in Nature is Connected and...

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