Center for Ecoliteracy Essays

Through its newsletter and website, the Center for Ecoliteracy offers concise essays presenting the perspectives of leading thinkers, educators, and policy makers. Contributors probe the connections including links between school food and combating childhood obesity, environmental issues and public policy, the interdependence of human and ecological communities, and education for sustainability.

Many of these essays have been written specifically for the Center. New essays are added regularly.

Dispatch from San Francisco: Ecoliteracy for All

San Francisco USD uses Center for Ecoliteracy principles as a guiding framework in its sustainability initiative.

California Food for California Kids Awards

The Center recognizes innovative leaders and school districts in the movement to incorporate fresh, seasonal food in school meals.

New Lessons from Leonardo
Fritjof Capra

To reconnect us with the living Earth today, we need exactly the kind of synthesis Leonardo outlined 500 years ago.

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The New Design Revolution

A spirit is emerging, like what we see in the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, but global and much more pervasive.

David W. Orr
The Nature and Purpose of Education

A Slow School would emphasize how ideas are conceptualized, just as Slow Food emphasizes the innate qualities of ingredients.

Maurice Holt
The Meaning of Food

Traditional Hawaiian farmers address problems of diet-related diseases by reconnecting food, farming, education, and health.

Claire Hope Cummings
The Many Wonders of Plants

To learn to eat well, children need to be reconnected with nature and with living food.

Joan Dye Gussow
The Importance of the Dining Environment

Alice Waters describes how the atmosphere and set-up of the dining room can encourage students to feel happy, healthy, and comfortable.

Janet Brown
The Great Turning

The Great Turning is a shift from the Industrial Growth Society to a life-sustaining civilization.

Joanna Macy
The Five New Pillars of Education

President Obama identifies the foundations of his vision for American education.

Barack Obama
The Five Ecoliterate Practices

Five vital practices that integrate emotional, social, and ecological intelligence.

The Edible Schoolyard

Awakening senses and celebrating nourishment, community, and stewardship in an environment that inspires personal and social responsibility.

Michael K. Stone
The Ecological Worldview: Hearing the Cries of the World

How comprehending the interrelatedness of all phenomena inspires empathy, compassionate action, and hopeful engagement.

Zenobia Barlow
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