Ecological Literacy Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World

ISBN-10: 1578051533

ISBN-13: 9781578051533

Edition: 2005

Authors: Michael K. Stone, Zenobia Barlow, David W. Orr, Fritjof Capra, Sierra Club Books Staff

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Reorienting the way human beings live on the Earth and educating children to their highest capacities have much in common, say the thinkers and educators behind this groundbreaking book. Both endeavors must be viewed and pursued in the context of systems: familial, geographic, ecological, political. And our efforts to build sustainable communities cannot succeed unless future generations learn how to partner with natural systems to their mutual benefit. In other words, they must become "ecologically literate." The concept of "ecological literacy" advanced by this book's creators, the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, extends beyond the discipline of environmental education. It aims, as David W. Orr writes in his foreword, "toward a deeper transformation of the substance, process, and scope of education at all levels." The reports and essays gathered here reveal the remarkable work being conducted by the center's extensive network of partners. In one middle school, for example, culinary icon Alice Waters founded a program that not only provides students with healthy meals but teaches them to garden--and thus to study life cycles and energy flows--as part of their curriculum. Other hands-on student projects supported by the center and described in this book 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 Literacymarries theory and practice based on the best thinking about how the world actually works and how learning occurs. Parents and educators everywhere who are engaged in creative efforts to develop new curricula and improve children's ecological understanding will find this book to be an invaluable resource.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Michael K. Stone, formerly managing editor of Whole Earth magazine, was a founding faculty member of World College West, an innovative undergraduate institution in Northern California, where he served as academic vice president. Zenobia Barlow, cofounder and executive director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, previously served as executive director of the Elmwood Institute, an ecological think tank, and as executive editor of an international publisher. Both Stone and Barlow live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

David W. Orr is Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and the author of The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention, The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror, Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, and Ecological Literacy.

Fritjof Capra, PhD, physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy. Capra is on the faculty of Schumacher College in England and frequently gives management seminars for top executives. He is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point, The Web of Life, The Hidden Connections, and The Science of Leonardo.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Vision
En'owkin: Decision-Making as if Sustainability Mattered
Speaking Nature's Language: Principles for Sustainability
Solving for Pattern
The Power of Words
Values
Fast-Food Values and Slow Food Values
The Slow School: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Tradition/Place
Indian Pedagogy: A Look at Traditional California Indian Teaching Techniques
Okanagan Education for Sustainable Living: As Natural as Learning to Walk or Talk
Place and Pedagogy
Recollection
On Watershed Education
Helping Children Fall in Love with the Earth: Environmental Education and the Arts
Finding Your Own Bioregion
Relationship
Revolution Step-by-Step: On Building a Climate for Change
Leadership and the Learning Community
"It Changed Everything We Thought We Could Do": The STRAW Project
Raising Whole Children Is Like Raising Good Food: Beyond Factory Farming and Factory Schooling
Meditations on an Apple
Action
Dancing with Systems
The Loupe's Secret: Looking Closely, Changing Scale
Tapping the Well of Urban Youth Activism: Literacy for Environmental Justice
Sustainability-A New Item on the Lunch Menu
Rethinking School Lunch
Changing Schools: A Systems View
Resources
Publication Credits
About the Editors
About Bioneers
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