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Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World (Bioneers Series) Paperback – 25 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1st ed edition (25 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578051533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578051533
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Literacy marries 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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TO THE OKANAGAN PEOPLE, as to all peoples practicing bioregional self-sufficient economies, the realization that the total community must be engaged in order to attain sustainability comes as a result of surviving together for thousands of years. Read the first page
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This is a must read for anyone who is interested in the welfare of the planet and how we can educate ourselves and our children for the future. For those who are not worried about such things it will be the wake up call you need.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Towards a Deep Ecology of Learning 17 Mar. 2008
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Living Education: The Power of the Circle

This book explores the depth of the challenges of thinking ecologically. I was especially impressed by the focus that is put on process within the decision making process. The variety of topics, and authors offers a wide take on the issues, challenges and hurdles as we move as a society to seeing the world more clearly. Well done.
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a useful book abounding with rationality 12 Sept. 2011
By Akira Touya - Published on
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although this book finds itself to be old in some measure, the ideas within expressed are as useful as ever they were if one desires to educate others or oneself to be indeed literate of things ecological.
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Amazing book! 12 Jun. 2014
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This book needs to be read by all. It explains why we treat the planet like we do and just how uneducated most of us are about the planet we live on. If we all had to read this book in school the ecosystem would be in a very different place, a better place. I love Orr's writing style, direct and to the point. This is one of my top 10 books right now.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent collection of essays 18 July 2013
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I really like this collection - it has a great breadth and depth. I like the systems based approach proposed by Fritjof Capra and there's a great essay by Wendell Berry. Several other great thinkers, too.
Five Stars 3 July 2014
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Good book! I highly recommend it!
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