The great challenge of our time is to build and nurture sustainable communities – communities that are designed in such a way that their ways of life, businesses, economies, physical structures, and technologies do not interfere with nature's inherent ability to sustain life. The first step in this endeavor is to understand the principles of organization that ecosystems have developed to sustain the web of life. This understanding is what we call ecological literacy.
Teaching this ecological knowledge – which may be called 'principles of ecology,' 'principles of sustainability,' 'principles of community,' or even the 'basic facts of life' – will be the most important role of education in the next century.
Ecoliteracy "implies a broad understanding of how people and societies relate to each other and to natural systems, and how they might do so sustainably. It presumes both an awareness of the interrelatedness of life and knowledge of how the world works as a physical system."
Many of us today do not know the answers to the simplest questions as:
- Where does our drinking water come from? What affects the availability and quality of our drinking water? What are the full costs of providing this drinking water?
- What affects the quality of the air we breathe?
- Where does our food come from? What are the full costs of providing this food?
- Where does our garbage and recycling go?
- Where does our heating and electrical energy come from? What are the full costs of providing this energy?
- How do our activities affect wildlife habitat?
- Where does all our rainwater go?
But the answers to these everyday environmental questions are very important to our personal actions and to the voting choices we make as citizens of this world. We want to act responsibly but often lack the basic information about the immediate and long-term consequences of our actions and choices.
No matter the issue—global warming, terrorism, famine, avian flu, the nature of love, the location of a housing development, the existence of being after death or care of aged, once you begin to include into your thinking all the information that could potentially illuminate your subject, you find you must look at technology, science, sociology, folk lore, religion, psychology, anthropology, media, personalities, politics, big picture, up close, history, current events, future predictions and so on out into an ever expanding universe of relevance. Before you know it, you are awash in a sea of information where the more you learn the less you understand. And despite the availability of sophisticated data- mining techniques and ever more intelligent search engines, the sheer volume of information—good, bad and ugly—coming at us from everywhere, at accelerating speed, in different languages, epistemologies, assumptive frames --sometimes contradictory, sometimes complementary—means that even if we had the most super-duper pattern-recognizing-mega-computers and data-mining techniques with which to process it, we could no longer hope to separate signal from noise to make the kind of sense we used to refer to as Green Truth
Greenlays believe, today’s world … need an Eco-Literacy-Green Mind Power revolution. We need a mindset change if we are to attain a just and sustainable future. And the revolution must be in our thinking. As Einstein has said, "We cannot solve the problems of today at the level of thinking at which they were first created."Another way of saying is, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. So, we need to change to the Green mindsets not just the climate problem sets”.
“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; its travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going o save environmentalism and the environment, we must save a endanger indicator species; the child in nature”
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