Anglo-American Humans and Nature Forum
Inaugural meeting, Oxford University, 13-14 May 2002
I attended the recent 'Anglo-American Humans and Nature Forum'. This gathering focused on a key question: ‘How can education contribute to a society which interacts more sustainably with nature?’
My input to the Forum:
1 Position point:
a) For society to be more sustainable
we need to educate people with core values that respect our human relationship
2 The most important issues for this Forum:
a) What are the core values that would encourage society to interact more sustainably with nature. What is it we want our educational system to teach? This falls somewhere between two of the broad themes suggested in the programme:
b) What is the most effective mechanism for communicating these core values within our educational system?
To be effective, I believe that these core values must be held as embodied knowledge. This demands a teaching strategy that honours the experiential and sensual; learning that speaks to the body as well as the mind.
I worked with a discussion group on 'Changing the Myth'. The argument I pursued focused on:
A full report on the Forum will be published shortly.
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