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November 06, 2012
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Ecological Literacy

By: Richard Martine   Post Date : November 06, 2012
In the sustainable living practices arena, nothing is more important than ecological literacy. However, since the study of sustainability is so new, standards or models for teaching about ecological, environmental or sustainable issues is still in flux. Most schools of thought, though, do favor a holistic method.

Those centers of business, communities, and organizations that wish to develop ecological literacy or ecosystem literacy try to focus on a broad range of subject areas, such as public policy, grassroots movements, local food and community sustainability cooperatives, alternative transportation, energy conservation, natural wildlife habitat preservation, and enhancing and highlighting sustainability efforts in all facets of human life on earth.

In its classic definition, ecological literacy refers to the capacity to comprehend all facets of the ecosystem and each narrow concept that support the ecosystem. However, in the world of today, this definition lacks the fullness of the changes taking place in ecological literacy and the ever evolving methods that are being utilized to force a new definition.

Because so many leaders in the fields of education, politics, community development, and environmentalism are realizing the significance of ecological literacy the creation of a wide variety of initiatives, hands-on education, coursework, and public policies are becoming a central effort in order to prepare populations for the future. Organizations, such as the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation offer ecological literacy opportunities in abundance.

Cities, such as Seattle, Washington have established green programs, alternative transportation models, and net metering initiatives. The Energy Star program that grades appliances on their sustainable usage impels consumers to become ecologically literate. The high cost of gasoline and the alternate methods of transportation require consumers to understand ecological literacy.

Overall, the world's population is being compelled to become ecologically literate. Their very survival requires the knowledge and the ability to understand how the ecosystems of the world work.

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