By Derrick Jensen, Stephanie McMillan
Of America's such a lot gifted activists staff as much as bring a daring and hilarious satire of contemporary environmental coverage during this absolutely illustrated image novel. The U.S. govt provides robotic machines from house permission to devour the earth in alternate for bricks of gold. A one-eyed bunny rescues his neighbors from a company animal-testing laboratory. And little ladies determine the key to saving the area from either one of its enemies (and it isn't by utilizing energy-efficient mild bulbs or biodiesel fuel). As the area Burns will motivate you to do no matter what it takes to prevent ecocide earlier than it's too overdue.
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This must become a 28 / Foundations fundamental aspect of the environmental educational approach if we are to ﬁx the environment we teach about. Educators will need to overcome the idea one can simply opt out if one chooses not to acknowledge that environmental problems exist. Some may see this approach as one that incorporates activism in the educational agenda and, thus, oversteps the traditional boundaries of public education. We have been told education must provide the evaluative tools necessary for students to make informed decisions and become productive members of our society—impartial tools that students can use to ﬁnd their own way in the world.
In fact, it’s taken more than two hundred years for us to begin to recognize the detrimental effects of our unbridled industrial expansion. We cannot dismiss the beneﬁts of that innovation in the form of increased comforts and quality of life, which seem to go hand in hand with development. Advances in the ﬁelds of medicine and technology have led to increased longevity and a more active populace, at least in more affluent countries. At the outset of the industrial revolution, when world population was still well under the two-billion mark, who could have known our resources were ﬁnite, or that industrial development would have a species-threatening dark side?
These are qualities that will permit a spirit of cooperation to develop and ﬂourish, qualities that education can help develop. Environmental education faces a difficult challenge: how to address what is clearly “the bad news” while simultaneously creating a capacity for action in our students, our citizens. There is no clear or easy solution to this, but we must do more than simply focus on scientiﬁc literacy. We must nurture the development of individual morality, a sense of poetry and literature, and a historical perspective, things that give context to our humanity.
As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial by Derrick Jensen, Stephanie McMillan