As you delve into the wonderful movement we call sustainable living, I suspect you will find the same thing in your neighborhood as I have found in mine: there are people and organizations right in your own community who are doing amazing work to right our world through teaching and implementing sound ecological principles. I am certainly finding that true in the Seattle Washington area.
Over the course of 2010 I will be highlighting my personal interviews with key leaders in the sustainability movement, not only from my own area, but also from all over the world. In the next several weeks I will be staying close to home, sharing with you people from my neighborhood. You will become totally inspired and encouraged, as I have been, from hearing the words of those of us who are really actively participating in the cause of making our world right with nature.
The book that I highlighted in the Green Facts section last week, Smart By Nature—Schooling For Sustainability, by Michael Stone (2009), is a tremendously encouraging and practical resource. Check it out. See where it leads you! Here are a couple of quotes from his book.
Here is a quote from David W. Orr that is quite beautiful.
Smart by Nature gives you the evidence—examples that a paradigm shift is truly occurring across this country and around the world, and perhaps most importantly, that it is taking place within our schools, with the education of our next generation. I will give a couple of examples that were very surprising to me.
Which city has the expressed goal of becoming the most environmentally friendly city in the world? The answer is Chicago! Mayor Richard Daley’s motto for Chicago is “City in a Garden” and Daley’s Chicago is committed to becoming the most environmentally friendly city in the world. Wow!
The goal for Chicago is to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for all new city facilities, including new schools! This is worth watching closely, isn’t it?
In the chapter, “Greening Chicago – One School At A Time”, Daley’s ordered that the school district and Chicago Park District collaborate to build schools on parkland and to make school facilities more centrally located within existing neighborhoods. This policy comes to life in the building and operation of Tarkington School, which serves as a prototype for what is to be accomplished throughout the city’s schools.
Pay extra attention to this example as it shows how the environment can steadily de-evolve our health:
Folks, remember that this is being accomplished within a community that suffers below the poverty level conditions, so we have no excuses not taking care of everyone in our country. This example is a powerful reminder that real change can and must start within all sectors of society, and it certainly has in Chicago!
Schooling for sustainability is truly our future, isn’t it? Such schools are springing up all over the country and the world. Called green schools, eco-schools, and high-performance schools, they are transforming students lives through achieving an understanding of healthy relationships between human societies and the natural world.
Next week, my goal is to share with you an interview with the Seattle based organization Facing the Future. Their goal is to expose the greatest possible number of students to at least a basic understanding of the meaning of sustainability and other global issues. “We want students to understand that there is a link between the environment, population, consumption, poverty and conflict.”
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The Last Quiz Answer: Well, I am sure you guessed that this is a turtle. And, as I said last week it is from the tropics. I saw many of these beautiful creatures in the lagoons of Yap (click here to see a satellite photo of Yap. The part of the island closest to you is where I lived). The species of turtle in the “amazing creatures photo” was called a “Well” in the Yapese language. It was the most common. It is a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) that can reach up to 400 pounds and about 3 feet in width across its dorsal shell. There was a bigger species, the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) less common that we would see from time to time, called a “Drow”. They reach a weight of 650 lbs with a width of about 4 feet. During the day at high noon you could find them resting at the deepest parts of the lagoon about 40 feet deep. If you were in a carnivorous frame of mind that was a good time to hunt them. That is another story—hunting turtle native style.