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A Reunion : Bringing Humans Back To Nature

A Reunion : Bringing Humans Back To Nature

  We older folks are leaving an ecological mess for our younger generations.  While thoroughly enjoying my senior years, I have experienced a profound internal struggle as I try to understand why we older folks are leaving an ecological mess for our younger generations. As a scientist and conservationist, I see this process of “Nature denial” taking place. I see the everyday activities of ordinary people impairing...

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A Compassionate Consciousness

A Compassionate Consciousness

The word “consciousness” is not just a philosophical, spiritual, “hippie”, or “tree hugger” idea. Consciousness means being aware of something. “Connections”, “interconnectivity”, “interrelationships”, “links”, and interdependence are all words that describe Nature and life. The idea of everything being connected in Nature is essential because life is...

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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

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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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 : 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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