Ecological Literacy: Educating our Children for a Sustainable World

Ecological Literacy: Educating our Children for a Sustainable World

by Michael K. Stone, David W. Orr
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578051533

ISBN-13: 9781578051533

Pub. Date: 10/31/2005

Publisher: Sierra Club Books


Our efforts to build a sustainable world cannot succeed unless future generations learn how to partner with natural systems to our mutual benefit. In other words, children must become “ecologically literate.” The concept of ecological literacy advanced by this book’s creators, the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, goes beyond the

Overview


Our efforts to build a sustainable world cannot succeed unless future generations learn how to partner with natural systems to our mutual benefit. In other words, children must become “ecologically literate.” The concept of ecological literacy advanced by this book’s creators, the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, goes beyond the discipline of environmental education. It aims, says David Orr in his foreword, “toward a deeper transformation of the substance, process, and scope of education at all levels”—familial, geographic, ecological, and political.
The reports and essays gathered here reveal the remarkable work being done by the Center’s network of partners. In one middle school, for example, culinary icon Alice Waters founded a program that not only gives students healthy meals but teaches them to garden—and thus to study life cycles and energy flows. Other hands-on student projects described here range from stream restoration and watershed exploration to confronting environmental justice issues at the neighborhood level.
With contributions from distinguished writers and educators, such as Fritjof Capra, Wendell Berry, and Michael Ableman, Ecological Literacy reflects the best thinking about how the world actually works and how learning occurs. Parents and educators everywhere will find it an invaluable resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578051533
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Series:
Sierra Club Bks.: The Bioneers Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword—David W. Orr
Preface: How Nature Sustains the Web of Life—Fritjof Capra
Acknowledgments


Introduction
Zenobia Barlow and Michael K. Stone

PART I. VISION En'owkin: Decision-Making as if Sustainability Mattered
Jeannette C. Armstrong
Speaking Nature's Language: Principles for Sustainability
Fritjof Capra
Solving for Pattern
Wendell Berry
The Power of Words
Ernest Callenbach
Values
Ernest Callenbach
Fast-Food Values and Slow Food Values Alice Waters
The Slow School: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Maurice Holt

PART II. TRADITION/PLACE
Indian Pedagogy: A Look at Traditional California
Indian Teaching Techniques
Malcolm Margolin
Okanagan Education for Sustainable Living: As Natural as Learning to Walk or Talk Jeannette C. Armstrong
Place and Pedagogy
David W. Orr
Recollection
David W. Orr
On Watershed Education
Robert Hass
Helping Children Fall in Love with the Earth: Environmental Education and the Arts Pamela Michael
Finding Your Own Bioregion
Peter Berg

PART III. RELATIONSHIP Revolution Step-by-Step: On Building a Climate for Change
Neil Smith with Leslie Comnes
Leadership and the Learning Community
Jeanne Casella with Zenobia Barlow, Sara Marcellino, and Michael K. Stone
"It Changed Everything We Thought We Could Do": The STRAW Project
Michael K. Stone
Raising Whole Children Is Like Raising Good Food: Beyond Factory Farming and Factory Schooling
Michael Ableman
Meditations on an Apple
Janet Brown

PART IV. ACTION Dancing with Systems
Donella Meadows
The Loupe's Secret: Looking Closely, Changing Scale
Kerry Ruef
Tapping the Well of Urban Youth Activism: Literacy for Environmental Justice
Dana Lanza
Sustainability—A New Item on the Lunch Menu
Michael K. Stone
Rethinking School Lunch
Marilyn Briggs
Changing Schools: A Systems View
Ann Evans

Resources Publication Credits About the Editors About Bioneers

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