Innovations: The Path toward an Ecological Education

Education for ecological civilization will not be value free. It will be constructed to prepare K-12 and college students to be leaders in this major transition ― the turn from education for modern civilization, to education for an ecological civilization. Much of what dominates in the current educational system must be changed: curriculum, teaching methods, size of classes, location, and outside-of-the-classroom activities. Emerging types of education will take place immersed in nature, and they will be nature-based. Ecological ways of thinking will become a central part of what students learn.

Two of the leaders in this reform movement are Sandra Lubarsky and Marcus Ford. In this exclusive interview, you will hear of their work in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Now located in Flagstaff, Arizona, they are beginning a collaboration with a local college to launch an experimental program in Ecological Education. There goals, their motivations, and their plans come across clearly in this short interview.

Vision precedes action. This is an interview that clearly communicates a radically new vision for Ecological Education. We hope you will find ways to adapt and emulate it in your K-12 or college setting.