Wednesday, May 16, 2012

#136 / Ecoliteracy

The image is from the website of the Center For Ecoliteracy. The picture illustrates an article by Zenobia Barlow, the Center's Executive Director, and a co-author of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence.

Barlow says that embracing an ecological worldview requires a "shift in understanding" that "changes the way we look at everything — at the natural environment, the purposes of economics and education, and our relationship with the other beings with whom we share the Earth. This ecological perception leads to empathy, compassionate action, hopeful engagement — and a greater sense of happiness and well-being."

I like to think that the "two worlds" hypothesis that I am advancing is part of an effort to improve my "ecoliteracy" quotient. As the pictures with the flying flags suggests, one way to get there is by "hearing the cries of the World."

That means a World we don't (and didn't) make ourselves.

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