This page contains an ever expanding list of blog posts, ordered by publication dates, that might be of particular interest to environmental educators who are developing teaching material. The material might be particularly useful for:

  • Developing your own instruction material.
  • Assigning one blog to a student or a team where more Internet research is done by the team and a presentation is made to the class. 
  • Use a blog to do a debate about a specific environmental or conservation  issue noted in a blog.

You might also be interested in checking out a broader series of blogs on various subjects that relate to Nature. You can find this set of well over 100 blogs in the “Blog Posts” menu item in the header of this page.

You are welcome to use any of this material without restriction as long as it is used for environmental education. Your feedback about how you are using any of this material would be greatly appreciated by sending me a message using the email form in the “About Me” section of this blog site.

In addition to the use of my blogs for your work, I offer specific lesson sets on connections in Nature using Socratic seminar styles in the classroom and hands-on, in-place field work in Nature. Please click this link to view information about downloading the lesson sets without cost.

 

Embrace A Living Earth

Posted by on Mar 4, 2021 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 0 comments

Embrace A Living Earth

Twitter hashtag: # EnvironmentalEducation   “I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address these problems. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy. To deal with those, we need a spiritual and cultural transformation.  We scientists don’t know how to do that”                                                                                                ...

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My Role As An Environmental Educator

Posted by on Jan 25, 2021 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

My Role As An Environmental Educator

” It is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.” — from Earth Charter Here are some of my recent notes about being an environmental educator. I wish to solicit other environmental educators and stewards of Nature to embrace and evangelize  a worldview to all humans that states: “All life on this earth is interconnected and interdependent. All life on Earth transfers and transforms the energy that comes from our sun. We...

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Environmental Education Essay List

Posted by on Jan 3, 2021 in Blog Post, Ecoliteracy, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 0 comments

Environmental Education Essay List

Click on a title to view an essay Environmental Education: Guiding Our Youth Environmental Educators Are Powerful People Notes On Environmental Education Teaching Methods Empowering Stewards of Nature — Lessons From The Web Of Life Our Youth Must Live Nature’s Story Humans and Nature: Three Perceptions of Reality Interbeing – No Man Is An Island A Reunion : Bringing Humans Back To Nature A Compassionate Consciousness Climate Change Is A Moral Issue Empowering Stewards of Nature (Free Study Guides) Nothing In Nature Exists In...

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Environmental Education: Empowering Our Youth

Posted by on Dec 29, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking, web_resources | 0 comments

Environmental Education: Empowering Our Youth

“For people, their story of the human role in the universe is their primary source of intelligibility and value. The deepest crises experienced by any society are those moments of change when the story becomes inadequate for meeting the survival demands of a present situation.” — Thomas Berry – Dream of the Earth As a fellow environmental educator, I believe that the future welfare of my young high school students is in jeopardy. Many of them are unaware of the world that much of the adult generation is leaving for...

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Nature’s Relationships : Predator and Prey

Posted by on Aug 5, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

Nature’s Relationships : Predator and Prey

Our great predators, the wolf, the cougar, the bear, and others teach us about the vital importance of interdependence in Nature. They are top predators because the power of their connecting presence is an evolutionary driver of the diversity of life. Chains of life flourish with the force of predation. The killing of predators by mankind results in broken energy connections that make a big difference in how Nature operates. The conservationist’s toolkit must contain the ability to identify and preserve vital energy connections in...

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What does Climate Change, COVID, and Stewardship Have In Common??

Posted by on Jul 13, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

What does Climate Change, COVID, and Stewardship Have In Common??

What does climate change, the COVID-19 epidemic, and the stewardship of Nature have in common?? How are these three phrases, and the ideas that they represent, related? You might be interested in this CNN report As a scientist who regularly explores how Nature operates within a world  where human activity is a dominant influence, I witness both productive and destructive activities by humans. To explore these activities, one must first define the three phenomena that are listed in the title of his essay. Encyclopedia Britannica defines...

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Empowering Stewards of Nature — Lessons From The Web Of Life

Posted by on Jun 1, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

Empowering Stewards of Nature — Lessons From The Web Of Life

Empowering Stewards of Nature  Lessons From the Web of Life (Free PDF Study Guides) This book advocates a human worldview that includes a deep consciousness for an interdependent and connected Nature. With this worldview, we are empowering humans to partner with Nature rather than unsuccessfully trying to manipulate and control Nature. Without interdependence and connectivity in Nature, all life on Earth, including we humans, would cease to exist because the energy necessary to sustain life could not flow Everything must be connected....

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Carl Sagan Discusses Man’s Arrogance About Nature

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Natures Patterns | 0 comments

Carl Sagan Discusses Man’s Arrogance About Nature

Mankind cannot live without Nature but Nature can live without mankind. Mankind has compelled his nature upon Nature. Charles Darwin has famously said that “Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy of the interposition of a deity. More humble, and I believe truer, to consider him created from animals.” A quote  from Gozilla that holds a lot of truth is “The arrogance of man is in thinking that Nature is in our control and not the other way around.” Joanna Macy defines the “Great Turning” as “a...

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We Humans Must Include Nature In Our Sense of Self

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 0 comments

We Humans Must Include Nature In Our Sense of Self

Those of you who are regular readers of my essays might have sensed a series of themes that regularly underlie my writing:   Everything in Nature is interconnected and interdependent. Nature is our home. We humans need Nature to live, but Nature does not need we humans. Humans are consuming Nature’s resources and polluting the atmosphere at unsustainable rates that might result in  the end of the human race by 2100. We senior adults are leaving an ecological mess for our youth. The environmental education of our youth is an...

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Two Famous Sages Speak About Interdependence In Nature

Posted by on Dec 26, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Musings, Natures Connections | 0 comments

Two Famous Sages Speak About Interdependence In Nature

  Interdependence is a defining feature of all life on our Earth.   I have written about the vital importance of interdependence to all living things on our planet. But, long before I wrote about interdependence, the subject was discussed in the essays of two famous people — Charles Darwin and the Buddhist  sage Thich Nhat Hanh. The purpose of this essay is to offer the writings of these two sages about the interdependence of all things in Nature.   Thich Nhat Hanh offers the following in his book “The Heart of...

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