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'Ecologising' Education

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Tamara Ellis

on 2 September 2013

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'Ecologising' Education
Analyse and discuss the benefits and challenges of ecological education. What is the scope and purpose of educating for a sustainable future? What are the opportunities and challenges of and ecological perspective of education.
What is the scope and purpose of education?
Who does it include?
Government and councils, education systems, agriculture, large and small scale businesses
Where did it come from?
UN's decade of sustainability
Why are we doing it?
To create more sustainable thinking
(Scattered throughout)
To save the planet and humanity
Reduce wastage and consumption of unneeded goods
What are the values?
Create clear critical thinkers, empathy for the environment and humanity, ethical consumption, resilience to challenge and change, adaptable practices, dedication to the environment, community participation, education available to all, equality for all humans and bio diversities rather than just focusing on own backyard.
(Scattered throughout)
What is the purpose of EfS?
Why are we educating about sustainability?
To regenerate the Earth
To create less wastage of goods
To change how goods are produced. I.e. use solar panels and bio degradable packaging
To create individual critical thinkers
(scattered throughout)
To create better opportunities for 3rd world countries
What are the key features of ecological education
Learner driven/Participation
Is integrated into school curriculum, not an individual subject
(P2 & P4)
Allows for cultural differences
Develops an understanding of environment, economy and social aspects
Develops an understanding of consumption and it's effects
Deep understanding of how nature works and a close connection is felt
Continually evolving and allows for interactions in the environment
Gives hope back to individuals rather than helplessness
Provides opportunities for community participation
Transformation and change in thinking
Life long learning
Looking for a better future
Discuss potential benefits of being ecoliterate
Deep understanding of the environment and how it supports us
Creates critical thinking individuals who care for the environment and community
Advocates who are able to articulate the benefits of ecoliteracy/sustainability.
Being able to anticipate unintended consequences
Lessens the load on the environment
Develop empathy for all forms of life
Integrated intelligences: emotional, social and ecological
What are the challenges of ecoliteracy?
Financial struggles may prevent using green alternatives, not enough government subsidy
Trying to educate others may fall on deaf ears
Information may not be available for the sustainability of some companies
Can be hard to find other eco literates to form a support/resource group
Finding ways to change consumption with busy lifestyles
Emotional attachment to the environment or goods may cloud judgement
Some may not be as creative as others in re-using objects
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