Category Archives: ecological literacy

Child and wild animal – food for thought

“During nearly all the history of our species man has lived in association with large, often terrifying, but always exciting animals. Models of the survivors, toy elephants, giraffes and pandas, are an integral part of contemporary childhood. If all these … Continue reading

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Doubt and science – the politics of doubting climate change

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/writers/audio/2493432/michael-king-memorial-lecture-on-science-and-doubt Very interesting! Michael King Memorial Lecture: on science and doubt Originally aired on Writers and Readers Festivals, Sunday 17 July 2011 There’s no denying “doubt” is crucial to science and drives it forward, but it also makes science, and … Continue reading

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When people move on foot

“When people move on foot they build up a sense of community along the way.” ~ Tony Watkins Ref: p.103 Tony Watkins (2012) Thinking it Through. Karaka Bay Press: Auckland

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Sustainability education and a collective perspective

There is an interesting discussion about sustainability on Radio NZ National in which some good points on the values promoted by education are raised. Particularly: Bronwyn Hayward discusses the results of some research she has been involved in bilingual schools. … Continue reading

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Scientific findings vs. scientists’ speculations

“There is a difference between scientific findings and scientists’ speculations. Often the public is not told which it is being fed.” ~ Chris de Freitas Ref: Chris de Freitas ‘Jury still out on global warming’ pp.6-8 New Zealand Geographic No.64, … Continue reading

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Night sky conservation

http://www.darksky.org/education/quick-reference-materials there are some cool materials and links here

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Teaching trade critically

Trade Aid put out resources on this… http://www.tradeaid.org.nz/index.php/page/education ‘Teaching critical literacy skills while encouraging global citizenship’ they offer downloadable resources on their site… good to know!

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Our Islands, Our Selves

I really like this book (Our Islands, Our Selves: A History of Conservation in New Zealand). It might be ten years old, but it’s got heaps of interesting information in it and I’m annoyed it doesn’t pop up easily on … Continue reading

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Wade Davis – Anthropologist, ethnobotanist

http://www.ted.com/speakers/wade_davis.html “If you took all of the genius that allowed us to put a man on the moon … and applied it to an understanding of the ocean, what you would get … is Polynesia.” ~ Wade Davis According to … Continue reading

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Our ecological leanings

“Nature doesn’t really care whether we live or die, so let’s be clear: all of our ecological leanings are self-centered.” ~ Travis Price Ref: p.84 Travis Price (c2006)The Archaeology of Tomorrow: Architecture and the Spirit of Place. Earth Aware: San Rafael, CA

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