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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 mutually dependent upon each other.  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 – Systems Thinking

Ecoliteracy – Systems Thinking

“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 In order to become ecologically literate and to survive on this Planet, we need to learn how to...

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Ecoliteracy – What Is Life?

Ecoliteracy – What Is Life?

Fundamental to all ideas about ecological literacy is the definition of life on Earth. What Is Life ? This is a question with many answers. A dictionary might tell us that life is a distinctive characteristic of a living organism that has the capacity to grow, metabolize, respond to stimuli, adapt, and reproduce. But, defining life requires a greater depth if we are to understand how Nature operates. We can define living things by their...

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An Ecoliterate Citizenry

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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Ecoliteracy : Our Relationship With Earth

Ecoliteracy : Our Relationship With Earth

“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: “Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. Everything  is...

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George Monbiot : Environmental Thought Leader

George Monbiot : Environmental Thought Leader

I am a big fan of eco-journalist George Monbiot .  Many of his essays, (as well as “The Patterning Instinct” by Jeremy Lent ) have influenced and sharpened my world view of Nature and helped me develop the theme of this web site that everything  in Nature, including humans, is interconnected and interdependent. I recently read Monbiot’s book called  ” Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life George Monbiot...

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