The Failure of Environmental Education (and How We Can Fix It)

By Charles Saylan; Daniel T. Blumstein | Go to book overview

PREFACE

There are noticeably fewer places these days where one can experience the immensity of nature, where one can feel alone and far from the societal order that humanity seems driven to impose on the random wilderness. It is harder to hear the wind howl across some distant ridge, as trees are fewer now, felled by ever-expanding and efficient industry. Not long ago, within the scope of the authors’ personal memories, one might have ventured into the wilderness and found no trace of humans. Today, however, humanity’s footprint is almost everywhere. Out in the woods are anonymous fences that mask the grand exfoliation of mining, hydroelectric plants, or oil pipelines. Gazing up from almost anywhere, one sees jet contrails filling the sky with the graffiti of human presence. Looking deeper into the natural world reveals changes in animal behavior and ecology caused by the long arm of anthropogenic effects, like the presence of human toxins in the fat of top predators that live in remote places where humans are never encountered. Even the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Chapter One - The Problem(S) 1
  • Chapter Two - Foundations 21
  • Chapter Three - What Went Wrong 38
  • Chapter Four - Accountability and Institutional Mind-Set 57
  • Chapter Five - The Needs of Environmentally Active Citizens 72
  • Chapter Six - Between Awareness and Action 95
  • Chapter Seven - A Political Primer 116
  • Chapter Eight - Consumption, Conservation, and Change 135
  • Chapter Nine - An Evolving Metric 158
  • Chapter Ten - And How We Can Fix It 173
  • Appendix - Greening Schools for Alternative Education 199
  • Notes 203
  • Selected Bibliography 219
  • Acknowledgments 225
  • Index 229
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