Eco-Literate Love Letter

Dear learners,

Educators also know as story tellers or the the starting point will guide you to be eco-literate activists. You will discuss the importance of taking care of nature, what you can do to help, and how it makes you feel.  The end goal of being taught Eco literacy is raising eco-literate you to be influenced socially and emotionally through the lenses of eco-literacy.  With social and emotional intelligence it allows for your  abilities to see others perspectives, values, and show concern. Ecological intelligence allows for you to under natural systems and having empathy for all life.  Educators will provide you with this knowledge:

  1. Developing empathy for all forms of life

All organisms- including humans- need food, water, space and survival. By having a better understanding of the common needs this allows us to shift from a superior human view to humans as members of the natural world. With this it will allow us to demonstrate empathy when we consider the quality of life of other life forms. That our brains are wired to feel empathy and concern for other living things.

2. Embrace sustainability as a community practice

By learning about the ways that plants, animals and other living things are dependent on each other inspires you as learners to consider your role. That were you stand in the community and seeing value on how you can strengthen those relationships by thinking and acting accordingly.

3. Make the invisible visible

That the decisions being made have consequences. There are so many different ideas and opinions which lead to conflict. Some still believe that global warming isn’t real. This part allows you to be taught about what the superior human race has done to the planet  and the consequences. With this it  analyzes  problems to create solutions.

4. Understand how nature sustains life

This is having an understanding on how nature has sustained their life on this planet. That if the human race had just looked outside and followed the role of nature that we there might of been a better chance of survival/ surviving. That the obvious way of proper living is a natural way.

Eco-literate people and learners have learned from nature that all living organisms are members of a complex web that relay on one another for survival . Present generations will a have a duty to sustain life into the future. That we must only take what we need, and not to abuse resources in order to survive. Students are required to look long term when making decisions about how to live.



“Leap” Into Action


From reading Maple Nation it demonstrates how reliant and important the land is to a community and each and everyone of us an individual. This society had build their community around maple trees/ maple syrup hence the name maple nation. For myself I found it trickery to think of a way to do a power act of reciprocity with the land. I think a relevant one from me that I could accomplish is as a future educator. Being a future educator I can give back to the land by essentially using it more in my every day classroom or making students aware of the bond they can have with the land. My commit to trying to give back is that I recycle, I donate my clothes so they get reused but reducing is still a work in progress for myself.

My big leap into action is getting more knowledge on what I can do to have a better understanding of myself and the land. With maple nation full reliant on there lives around maple trees. I need to understand what I can to have a deeper or a more environmental bond with the Earth. I have always been the try to turn off the lights when not using them but I think the next step is unplugging things need power when I’m not using them for example: my printer, tv, fan, etc. I also need to find a better way in reducing in sense I reduce my clothing then make it reusable. But my goal for reducing is to reduce the amount of packaged products I buy. I think these are important steps to conquer on the way to find a bigger picture for the land and I.

My visual representation just demonstrates the leap I have taken already with recycling. There is paper, can and bottles which are all current things right now I recycle. But the m&m wrappers represent liter. That everyday on journeys you notice liter; it is my new goal to try to pick up garbage if I see it. That this small step is a start on cleaning up our land. I’m very excited to continue my walk along the land but ready to leap more into action. This is a small leap but I hope to have a big leap one day.


What Does The Environment Mean To You?

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Environment: “the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.”

Looking: stars or satellites? My father William has always been mesmerized by the sky. The sky holds many things stars, storms, the sun and satellites. All the things the sky holds may be natural or man-made. William has always said the sky changes; that it never looked this way when he was a young boy. He chases the storm and follows the rhythm of the thunder. As a young girl my father would beg for me to come along his journey of chasing. This was his dream to be a storm chaser; wasn’t really realistic. After many years of watching the sky with my father; it had me thinking. What exactly are we looking at? what exactly is out there? what does the sky have to do with me?

On clear nights these questions always acquire within me. Am I looking at a beautiful night sky or am I looking at what man-made had made it? Am I part of the night sky? What does the environment and the night sky have in common? What does the environment mean to me? Do I just look at the environment? Do I make my footprint?

Comparing myself with the sky( being the environment). That the sky is this beautiful arrangement of stars though it will never be clear if it is stars or satellites. That your part in the environment isn’t clear as well. Do most people know their place in the environment or do they have an idea of how they want to present themselves in environment?  When do you classify yourself as environmentalists? Is recycling enough?

What does the environment mean to me? The environment to me means that you can try to take care of it and play your part. I recycle which I think is a good first step. But due to certain circumstances and the way we live today it makes it harder not to leave a footprint. We have transportation, and  everything is packaged, etc. It is hard to change and to make a difference. The kick start is the hardest start and that is why there is many people who don’t start. Some people don’t care, some people have to make big personal sacrifices and some relay so heavily on these products they cannot cut it out of their lifestyles.

Environment education to me means the setting in which you are teaching in or being taught in.  That the environment drastically effects the thinking process of students and teachers. That everyone learns differently; some may like a very quite place or some may need to work in groups.  If the environment is always quite the children will never learn to get out of their comfort zone. The environment is very important because it reflects on learning. Environment may also mean that you associate the classroom in a more worldly approach. That it is us and the world together; that we can’t live without it. That we need to understand the beauty and learn about our home.

Not directly quoting but comparing to Silverbells. Silverbells demonstrated that their is a difference in information and observation. That the instructor was trying to teach the students about the environment with facts after facts. Rather then letting the students figure it out on their “own”.  The instructor felt that the students didn’t really benefit from the instructor. The students found their own peace in the land, that observing the beauty of the Earth is a benefit. We have so much information about our world but rather then strictly getting information weaved into our heads; that we need to break free. We know the information but now we need to show affection and appreciation for our planet. WE on our own need to take time for our Earth. Earth is good, Earth is great.


Work Sited

Wall Kimmerer, Robin. (2013). Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants. Minnesota, MN: Milkweed Editions.