In the following interview, I asked Carl Anthony and Dr. Paloma Pavel how their expertise in advocating for social justice can inform the equitable implementation of environmental literacy in California. Below is a lightly edited version of that interview.
Ecologist and author Carl Safina reminds us that we are not on this planet alone as he illustrates how similar we are to the nonhuman animals, particularly mammals, in the world. We all think, feel, and act, yet humans rarely stop to consider how our actions affect other living creatures.
Anthropologist, Jeremy Narby, explores the presence of intelligence in nature through his experiences working and living with Askaninka people in the Peruvian Amazon. Although he admits that Western cultures may not be ready to fully embrace animism, he offers advice for harmonious, responsible living with all of the planet’s species.
Jody Holmes shares the story that resulted in the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements, and illustrates that large-scale system changes require a collaborative coalition of people to achieve success—in this case, environmentalists, First Nations members, along with government and industry officials.
Scientist Wallace J. Nichols has used blue marbles to connect his audiences to deep gratitude and a love for water.
BY DARRELL STEELY This piece was originally published on the Ten Strands website. Ten Strands is working to build and strengthen the partnerships and strategies that will bring environmental literacy to all of California’s K–12 students. “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced” …
Some 300 scientists and environmental protection specialists have departed the agency during the Trump administration.
Carl Safina explores the Gulf Coast from land, sea and air to closely examine of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon blowout. What he discovers is that Big Oil’s lack of preparedness leaves so much more than our oceans at risk.
The Inherent Connection Between Farmers, Business, Climate Change and Our Dinner Plates
J.P. Harpignies learns valuable lessons from wildlife, through two encounters with porcupines, as he explores the wilderness of upstate New York and the Hudson River Valley.