ERIC Number: ED121570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Oikos, The Environment and Education. Fastback 52.
O'Hearn, George T.
Designed for individuals in the educational process, this publication concerns the quality of human life. Major environmental problems are discussed, handling of these issues will determine our future direction. Man's belief that freedom places him separate from the environment causes drastic changes, upsetting the ecosystem balance. Wise environmental management and constructing man-made environments to accommodate dependency on nature is necessary. The concept of limitation is often overlooked because of a belief in continuous resource abundance. Examining resource depletion and overpopulation can be related to individual life, local environment(s), and earth's systems. In nature everything recycles, but man's interventions change recycling processes, periods, and energy needs. Man is intertwined and dependent on life forms and earth's resources. Interdependence implies stability; stability is maintained through diversity. Energy is the driving force. Man's intervention in natural processes for environmental control caused an energy crisis. Changes in life-style, i.e., babies, leisure, work ethic, social concerns, and educational purposes, indicate redefinition of quality of life. The basic ingredients for an informed citizenry exist in our educational system. Reawakening of values and motives for positive action is needed to initiate change leading to improved environmental quality. (BP)
Descriptors: Ecology, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Energy, Environment, Environmental Education, Life Style, Natural Resources, Relevance (Education), Values
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($0.50; money must accompany all orders for less than $5.00 or add $1.00 for handling)
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.