Environmental Literacy and ALL Careers

Take a few seconds to imagine the world several decades in the future.   No matter what your background or values are, it’s very likely that the future you just pictured is quite different than our world today.   Things change . . . and these days, faster than ever before! Now, hone in on what people are doing in your envisioned world.  In almost any but the most bleak future you see,...
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A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Fourth Installment (of 5 – almost there!)

Step 4 – Help envision and create an economy based on human well-being directly, not on growth for its own sake as a proxy for well-being. At various times, healthy living systems and individual organisms physically grow, but at other times they don’t.  In fact, physical growth in most indviduals usually slows down dramatically or comes to a complete stop after some time and total growth within...
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Another Option for Education during the COVID Pandemic:  Thinking outside the (school) box

As the parent of two middle school students in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) in Boulder County, Colorado, I have more than just passing interest in the debates, discussions and news about how or if kids can go back to school this fall.   It’s a big deal. The options in every discussion and website I’ve seen so far seem limited to the following:  1) “Go back to school as normal”...
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Outside the Box; Contemplating Nested Challenges

At the beginning of March,2020, while riding the Corona chairlift at Eldora Ski area, I caught the bug.  No, not “that” bug (some joking on the lift notwithstanding).   I was re-infected with the love of wild winds, deep snow and the greens, whites, blues and greys of the Rockies.    The slopes were almost deserted, affording me a lot of solitary time to contemplate.  But the...
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A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Third Installment

Photograph by Matthew Kowal –  Step 3 – Spend more time outside, mostly nearby, including more physical exertion and labor.   This is the third installment in a series of 5 musings under the theme of “A 5-step Program for What Ails Us.”  The first installment introduced the theme an explored Step 1: “Yes, No or Maybe “Slow down and simplify overall.” The titles of the remaining...
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