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Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World (Bioneers) Paperback – October 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Bioneers
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578051533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578051533
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Sustainability is increasingly becoming a buzzword, popping up in advertising campaigns and political promises. This welcome volume, collected by the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, offers authoritative definitions of what sustainable living means and progressive theories for achieving it, beginning with the education of the young. The diverse selections, organized into loose thematic sections such as "Vision," are contributed by well-known leaders on the subject. Chef Alice Waters, who began a successful school-garden program, outlines the differences between fast-food and slow-food values, while educator Maurice Holt calls for a return to "the slow school," in which students are encouraged to think, feel, and understand concepts, not just memorize them. Pamela Michael, founder of River of Words, a unique nonprofit that encourages the integration of art and science in the classroom, contributes a stirring piece entitled "Helping Children Fall in Love with the Earth." Inspired, substantive, and visionary, these selections will help concerned readers focus their own discussions about sustainability and suggest new ways to implement its values in their own communities. Gillian Engberg
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"The Center for Ecoliteracy is at the forefront of a movement teaching us to find connections in seemingly disjointed problems, perceive patterns instead of pieces, and design communities based on the interrelatedness of all life. This important book synthesizes sophisticated theory and inspiring stories of successful ecological education from elementary through college levels."--Frances Moore Lappé, author of Democracy's Edge and Hope's Edge (with Anna Lappé)

"The ecological crisis is in part a crisis of education. This highly original volume makes a critical contribution to rethinking how we teach our children about their place in nature. The best book of its kind."--Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire

"This is a marvelous book. Zenobia Barlow and Michael Stone present a beautiful array of essays that embrace theory, philosophy and practice with spirit and substance. Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World is a remarkable gift to environmental educators everywhere."--Bora Simmons, Past President, North American Association for Environmental Education

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Myth Maker on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Akira Touya on September 11, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CM on July 17, 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Montalvo on June 12, 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.
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By James M. Plyler on July 3, 2014
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Good book! I highly recommend it!
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