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.

 

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 | 5 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 | 6 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 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 system”. Interdependence is a defining feature of all of Nature because Interdependence is necessary...

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Ecoliteracy – A Systems View Of Life

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Systems Thinking | 11 comments

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 survive on this Planet, we need to learn how to think in terms of relationships among the various members of...

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Ecoliteracy : We Need An An Ecoliterate Citizenry

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education | 8 comments

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 all education must include ecological education.”    — Molly Young Brown Unlimited human...

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What Is Ecoliteracy ?

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education | 12 comments

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 Interdependent.” My students know that the reason for this “systems worldview” of Nature is that the...

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George Monbiot : Environmental Thought Leader

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education | 0 comments

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 Is An Environmental Thought Leader He is an advocate for changing mankind’s worldview about...

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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2018 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Natures Patterns | 0 comments

Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself,  or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging...

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We Humans Throw Away 40% Of Our Food

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Conservation Issues, Environmental Education | 1 comment

We Humans Throw Away 40% Of Our Food

Barry Commoner, in one of his four laws of ecology,states:   “Everything Must Go Somewhere.  There is no “waste” in nature, and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.  Everything, such as wood smoke, nuclear waste, carbon emissions, etc., must go somewhere.”   One of the key characteristics of all creatures in Nature is that they never produce any waste that is not used by someone else in the food chain. Everything is recycled. That is, every creature except mankind.   In this short essay, I am going to...

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