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.

 

Nature’s Relationships : Interdependence Is Life

Posted by on Feb 16, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

Nature’s Relationships : Interdependence Is Life

  This essay is part of a series about Nature’s interdependence and the need for systems thinking if we are to understand Nature’s relationships.   There Is No Such Thing As Living Separately   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 depends on everything else.   The fundamental processes that create and sustain all...

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Nature’s Relationships: We Are Imperiled From Within

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

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 existence. That crisis centers on our inability, as humans, to identify, take seriously, and act upon  a set of...

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Ecoliteracy – Video and Text Web Resources

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education | 3 comments

Ecoliteracy – Video and Text Web Resources

  Video Resources Can A Collapse of Civilization Be Avoided? https://youtu.be/MtaGNQqUWo0 *********** Biologist Predicts how Civilization Collapses Soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw0AAsGaDg0&feature=youtu.be *********** For more wonder, rewild the world – George Monbiot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rZzHkpyPkc *********** David Orr at Schumaker College : Ecoliteracy and Ecological Education https://youtu.be/jxge4AhxlcY *********** Fritjof Capra, The Systems View of Life...

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Ecoliteracy – Empowering Our Youth

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education | 4 comments

Ecoliteracy – Empowering Our Youth

The challenge of environmental educators and their students, our youth,  is to build a new social order in which citizens seek to achieve the well-being of all life on Earth that is in harmony with Nature. We modern adults are robbing from the future. We our leaving our children, our grandchildren, and all future human generations with an ethical and an ecological mess that could spell disaster for the human race by the year 2100.  The Worldwatch Institute says: “We borrow environmental capital from future generations with no intention or...

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Ecoliteracy – From Knowledge To Action

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education | 8 comments

Ecoliteracy – From Knowledge To Action

  Is Ecoliteracy All Talk And No Action? Does the acquisition and the application of knowledge about our environment offer a solution to the ecological crisis created by humans? Or is ecoliteracy all talk and no action? As a biologist, I have encountered situations where I wonder if my knowledge can help change the worldview of humans that I have encountered. I live near an estuary that is a legally protected area. This fresh water estuary is connected to a salt water sea. The estuary is a birthplace and a nursery to many creatures that ...

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Ecoliteracy – Rethinking Environmental Education

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education | 4 comments

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 a process by which, under the right circumstances, ecoliteracy can be achieved. In a companion essay ...

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Ecoliteracy -The Power of Legacy

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education | 4 comments

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 that you receive.  Legacy represents your body of work at each stage of your life as you establish and...

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Ecoliteracy – Our Earth Is A Living System

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Systems Thinking | 6 comments

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 system”. Interdependence is a defining feature of all of Nature because Interdependence is necessary for...

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Ecoliteracy – Systems Thinking

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Systems Thinking | 7 comments

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 think in terms of relationships among the various members of the Earth Household. Any living system,...

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Ecoliteracy – What Is Life?

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education | 7 comments

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 structure Living Things Are Composed of Cells Living Things Have Different Levels of Organization Living...

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