Michael Mitrani of the Earth Island Institute provided us with the exceptional opportunity to visit the World Renowned Center for Ecoliteracy, who plays such a pivotal role in moving us beyond our growing environmental crises and towards a sustainable society.
How not to believe that :
“ … the best hope for learning to live sustainably lies in schooling that returns to the real basics: engaging with the natural world; understanding how nature sustains life; nurturing healthy communities; exploring the consequences of how we feed and provision ourselves; caring about the places where we live and the people and creatures in them…”
Believing is one thing, acting is something else though.
Thank you Jacob Wright for welcoming and informing the team of Leroy Merlin. I can confirm to you from their feed-back, after the visit, that you seeded this drive towards action into them. This way the beliefs you work so hard for will no doubt be integrated in their thinking and acting. This means that indeed you will have forwarded the mission of “growing the movement of educators, parents, and community members not only to believe, but to act to bring about advances in education for sustainable living”.
Thank you Jacob, Thank you Michael, for guiding Team 17 and Leroy Merlin on their path to “Inventing the Future”
Thank you so much.
The Center for Ecoliteracy is a leader in the green
Smart by Nature™, the Center’s framework and services for
schooling for sustainability, is based on two decades of work with schools
and organizations in more than 400 communities across the United States and
numerous other countries.
The Center is best known for its pioneering work with
school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological principles and
sustainability into school curricula.
The Center for Ecoliteracy offers books; teaching guides;
professional development seminars; a sustainability leadership academy; keynote
presentations; and consulting services. Among its books for educators, parents,
and other people interested in sustainability are:
by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability (foreword
by Daniel Goleman);
Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World (foreword by David W. Orr);
Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment (foreword by Michael Pollan).
The Center’s work has been praised by numerous
organizations, including the National Science Teachers Association, National
Wildlife Federation, North American Association for Environmental Education,
and Participant Media, producers of the Academy Award nominee Food, Inc. Others who have endorsed its work include Daniel
Goleman, Richard Heinberg, David W. Orr, Michael Pollan, Frances Moore Lappé,
Joanna Macy, and Alice Waters.
The Center for Ecoliteracy was cofounded by Fritjof Capra,
physicist and systems thinker; Peter Buckley, former CEO of Esprit
International and environmental philanthropist; and Zenobia Barlow, now its
executive director. It is located in the award-winning David Brower Center, a
home for environmental and social action in Berkeley, California.
The Center’s website offers hundreds of downloadable
resource materials, including practical guides, essays by leading writers and
experts, and inspiring stories of school communities and organizations across the country that are engaged in this vital work.