As we recognize the sobering implications of global environmental and social justice threats, people are looking for smart new answers. Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability offers the best hope of all by explaining what sustainable living really means, how to teach it, and why young people with this knowledge will lead us to a safer, more fair, and prosperous future.
— Kevin Cole, Vice President
Education and Training for the
National Wildlife Federation
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about Smart By Nature.
Written by Michael Stone, Center for Ecoliteracy
Foreword by Daniel Goleman
Edited by Daniel Imhoff, Emmett Hopkins, and Janet Reed Blake
Designed by Roberto Carra and Timothy Rice
Published by Watershed Media
Guiding Principles for Sustainable Schooling
Smart By Nature: Schooling for Sustainability is an initiative of the Center for Ecoliteracy written by Michael K. Stone and edited by Watershed Media. The book provides information, inspiration, and support to the vital movement of K-12 educators, parents, and others who are helping young people gain the knowledge, skills, and values essential to sustainable living.
The book's five chapters include:
Ch. 1 - Introduction: Smart By Nature
Ch. 2 - It’s Lunchtime at School: What in Health Is Going on Here?
Ch. 3 - The Smart by Nature Campus
Ch. 4 - Sustainability: A Community Practice
Ch. 5 - Where Teaching and Learning Come Alive
From the Introduction:
"The challenges facing the young people in school today have been exhaustively documented: climate change; loss of biodiversity; the end of cheap energy; depletion of resources; environmental degradation; gross inequities in standards of living; an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, asthma, and other environmentally linked illness. Responding to all of this will require leaders and citizens who can think ecologically—who understand the interconnectedness of human and natural systems—and have the will, ability, and courage to act effectively on that understanding."
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