Orr, pp. 25-84 and chapter V, pp, 85-96.
|What is ecological literacy?|
|Ecological Society of America|
literacy, and numeracy = ecolacy
what it says, how to measure to ask and then what?
a science of consequences
Can you identify it when you see it?
Interpreting the environment to outsiders,
David Orr, pp. 23-84.
"the fit between humanity and its habitat....resources, population, climate change, species extinction, acid rain, deforestation, ozone depletion, and soil loss."
"wide understanding, competence, and commitment to the common good."
"a broad familiarity with the development of ecological consciousness."
"the extension of ethical obligations to the land community, careful ecological design, simplicity, widespread competence with natural systems, the sense of place....
"contrasting Promethean view" (Westphalian approach to sovereignty and war) with ecological views
"The ecologically literate citizen will recognize these immediately for what they are: the stuff of epitaphs. Ecological literacy leads in other, and more durable, directions toward prudence, stewardship, and the celebration of Creation."
From David Orr selected passages that clarify what we need to know and do to promote ecological literacy:
"and still fail because its graduates were unable to make the leap from 'I know,' to 'I care,' to 'I'll do something.' . . . involving the integration of analytic intelligence...."
|The Structure of Scientific Revolutions|
|--> versus public knowledge|
The state of the planet represents a series of anomalies for contemporary education.
Any adequate response to the emerging agenda of the twenty-first century will require . . .
"Ecology has been isolated within biology departments as though it had little or nothing to do with the social sciences, the humanities, or the professions. The result is a pervasive anthropocentrism (human obsessed) that manifests the roles of humans and their ideas,.... that assumes nature to be infinite, and human ingenuity to be the ultimate resource."
"The manifest errors in such thinking might have been eliminated with a dose of ecological literacy, a nodding acquaintance with thermodynamics, a brief study of history, and a modicum of ethical sensitivity, and common sense."
"...other disciplines could likewise profit from a cross-fertilization with ecology."
"The medium is the message."
TV the alleged health impacts of television
George Lakoff: The Elephant essay & use of media to achieve wholesome, just goals.
Film form as media
Bordwell, pp. 56 -77,
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others.
¥ "the photographer’s intentions."
• " Catching Death -- freeze frame "
• Photograph's objectify people and reality
• Photographs as a media of impact disputed
• The photograph's role in creating distance
• Advertising and media
Sontag, pp. 3-39.
Thoreau as a model for ecological literacy of places.
Understanding ecological integrity
David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction.
 discourse, literally means a speech, sermon, a study, lecture, debate, or conversation.