Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow explain how we can teach kids The following is adapted from Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating. Ecoliterate marks a rich collaboration between Daniel Goleman and the Center for Ecoliteracy, an organization best known for its pioneering work with school. Ecoliterate: How Educators are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett and Zenobia Barlow (review).

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Ecoliterate is a much-needed guide for exactly how to accomplish this goal andincludes great examples that demonstrate the success of theirapproach.

Through four short stories depicting “community leaders putting engaged ecoliteracy into practice”the book shows how “innovative educators, artists, activists, scholars, and students A new integration of Goleman’s emotional, social, andecological intelligence Hopeful, eloquent, and bold, Ecoliterate offers inspiringstories, practical guidance, and an exciting new model of educationthat builds – in vitally golema ways – on the success of dabiel emotional learning by addressing today’s most importantecological issues.

At a basic level, all organisms—including humans—need food, water, space, and conditions that support dynamic equilibrium to survive.

One easy method for looking at a problem systemically is by mapping it and all of its components and interconnections.

You can learn more about Goleman and his work at www. State of the World Wisdom for a Livable Planet.

Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”

With vividexamples and lucid analysis, this powerful and persuasive bookshows just how much inspired educators and students can achievetogether. We need your help to keep the “science of a meaningful life” coming. Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence. If we strive to develop ways of living that are more life-affirming, we must find ways to make visible the things that seem invisible.


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When the students arrived at their classroom at 8: I found these meaningful in my own work. Jul 15, Erik Akre rated it liked it Recommends it for: Hopeful, eloquent, and bold, Ecoliterate offers inspiring stories, practical guidance, and an exciting new model of education that builds – in vitally important ways – on the success of social and emotional learning by addressing today’s most important ecological issues.

Acting primarily as consumers, we have relied heavily on our Western linear thinking, focused exclusively on the end product rather than the system that produces glleman – on the part rather than the whole. Through social networking websites, students can also communicate directly with citizens of distant areas and learn firsthand what the others are experiencing that is invisible to most students.

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This book shares stories of pioneering educators, students, andactivists engaged in issues related to food, water, oil, and coalin communities from the mountains of Appalachia to a small villagein the Arctic; the deserts of New Mexico to the coast of NewOrleans; and the streets of Oakland, California to the hills ofSouth Carolina. The book is offered to teachers for inspiration that is not based in theory alone.

We must begin to see ourselves as part of a complex, interconnected web that values sustainability, the responsible management of resources, as opposed to durability, the capacity to endure through In our increasingly global and complicated economy, it ecoliteraye difficult to trace the path between our actions and their consequences.

Historically, to impose restrictions on new products, technologies, or practices, the people concerned about possible negative impacts were expected to prove scientifically that harm would result from them. But we believe that educators who cultivate these practices offer a strong foundation for becoming ecoliterate, helping themselves and their students build healthier relationships with other people and the planet.


Hopeful, eloquent, and bold, Ecoliterate offers inspiringstories, practical guidance, and an exciting new model of educationthat builds – in vitally important ways – on the success of socialand emotional learning by addressing today’s most importantecological issues. Praise for Ecoliterate “One of the most urgent issues facing humanity is fixing ourbroken relationship with the earth, on which all life depends.

Set up a giveaway. Building resiliency—for example, by moving away from mono-crop agriculture or by creating local, less centralized food systems or energy networks—is another important strategy for survival in these circumstances. Principles of Sustainable Living. For example, by examining how their community provisions itself—from school food to energy use—students can contemplate whether their everyday practices value the common good.

Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Teachers can teach students a couple of noteworthy strategies for anticipating unintended consequences. Aug 05, Sam rated it really liked it. Share your thoughts with other customers. Ecoliterate people recognize that nature has sustained life for eons; as a result, they have turned to nature as their teacher and learned several crucial tenets.

Meeting them outside the door, their teacher, Joan Wright-Albertini, explained: