Center for Ecoliteracy Essays

Through its newsletter and website, the Center for Ecoliteracy offers concise essays presenting the perspectives of leading thinkers, educators, and policy makers. Contributors probe the connections including links between school food and combating childhood obesity, environmental issues and public policy, the interdependence of human and ecological communities, and education for sustainability.

Many of these essays have been written specifically for the Center. New essays are added regularly.

Dispatch from San Francisco: Ecoliteracy for All

San Francisco USD uses Center for Ecoliteracy principles as a guiding framework in its sustainability initiative.

California Food for California Kids Awards

The Center recognizes innovative leaders and school districts in the movement to incorporate fresh, seasonal food in school meals.

New Lessons from Leonardo
Fritjof Capra

To reconnect us with the living Earth today, we need exactly the kind of synthesis Leonardo outlined 500 years ago.

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10 Things You Can Do to Rethink School Lunch

Actions to take to join the movement for better school food.

A Delicious Revolution

Learning to make right choices about food is the most important key to environmental awareness.

Alice Waters
A Garden Grows in Juvenile Hall

With the help of the Center for Ecoliteracy, a narrow concrete courtyard is transformed into a sanctuary for solace and hope.

Alice Lee Tebo
A New Agenda for School Food

Children's health has never been the central goal of school food programs. We need a new paradigm.

Janet Poppendieck
A New Era for Nutrition Education

It is time for a new philosophy of nutrition education that informs our children about their personal health and the future of our planet.

Marilyn Briggs
A Precautionary Tale

The "precautionary principle" means acting to avoid potential harm even before harmfulness has been proven.

Carolyn Raffensperger
A School Community for Children

The most important factor in turning one good school into a great school was a strong school community.

Jerry Kay
A Sense of Wonder

David W. Orr eloquently celebrates the reconnection of children with their habitats and communities.

David W. Orr
A Slice of Life

Experiential learning is an effective strategy for the worldwide crisis of nutrition-related health problems.

Elizabeth Ransom
Troy Duster
Active Hope

Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone address how to face the mess we're in without going crazy.

Chris Johnstone
Joanna Macy
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