Monday, March 14, 2016

Ecological Literacy

"From where you are now, do you know where north is? Do you know from which direction prevailing winds originate? Do you know which spring wildflower is consistently among the first to bloom here? Where the boundaries of your regional watershed are? Where does your garbage go? If you don't know the answers to most of these questions, then maybe it's time to find out to increase your ecological literacy" (How ecologically literate are you?)

Ecological literacy, or eco-literacy, is a term first used by American educator David W. Orr and physicist Fritjof Capra in the 1990s, in order to introduce into educational practice the value and well-being of the Earth and its ecosystems.

It is a way of thinking about the world in terms of its interdependent natural and human systems, including a consideration of the consequences of human actions and interactions within the natural context.

Interesting article from Draft Global Issues Pilot August 2011, in which you will discover the principles of eco-literacy and the meaning of not just learning indoors, but regarding nature and our native places as rich sources for learning and seeing the bigger picture within which we dwell.

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