Nature Deficit Disorder

Most people spend about 95 percent of their time inside: in houses, cars, shops, cafes and offices. We are becoming an indoor species increasingly shut off from sky, land, waterways, plants and animals. Nature is becoming more and more abstract to us. We are disconnected from it and yet we are still very much part … Read more

The benefits of adult education

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Adult education is a very good way to help sustain and improve society; it is relatively low cost and can easily be justified by it’s many benefits. However, in recent years government funding for adult education courses has plummeted. In 2009 the Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce said that although adult education courses benefited students, it was a question of … Read more

Learning for many lifetimes

Most countries aspire to greater economic growth and increased consumption and education systems reflect these aspirations of the culture they are part of. It is a telling fact that the countries with the highest education levels also have the highest ecological footprint. But Education for Sustainability challenges these aspirations for growth and allows us to imagine a … Read more

Centre for Ecoliteracy

“We do not need to invent sustainable human communities. We can learn from societies that have lived sustainably for centuries. We can also model communities after nature’s ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms. “Since the outstanding characteristic of the biosphere is its inherent ability to sustain life, a sustainable human community … Read more