Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World

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SUNY Press - Religion - 210 pages
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The most important discoveries of the 20th century exist not in the realm of science, medicine, or technology, but rather in the dawning awareness of the earth’s limits and how those limits will affect human evolution. Humanity has reached a crossroad where various ecological catastrophes meet what some call sustainable development. While a great deal of attention has been given to what governments, corporations, utilities, international agencies, and private citizens can do to help in the transition to sustainability, little thought has been given to what schools, colleges, and universities can do. Ecological Literacy asks how the discovery of finiteness affects the content and substance of education. Given the limits of the earth, what should people know and how should they learn it?
 

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Contents

SUSTAINABILITY
3
Two Meanings of Sustainability
23
International Perspective
41
Ecological Literacy
85
The Liberal Arts the Campus and
97
A Prerequisite to the Great Books
109
An Approach
133
an Oxymoron?
149
Having Failed to Manage Ourselves
157
What Good is a Rigorous Research Agenda
163
Epilogue
181
Index
205
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David W. Orr is Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, and co-founder of the Meadowcreek Project, a non-profit environmental education organization. He is co-author of The Global Predicament, and co-editor of the SUNY Press series Environmental Public Policy.

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