ERIC Number: ED316351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Making Nature's Wisdom Public: The Affirmation of Planet Earth as a Living Organism.
Cohen, Michael J.
Planet Earth is a living organism that preserves and regenerates itself and shares information with humans through sensations, feelings, and actions. After early humans migrated from their tropical origins to colder climates, they developed technologies to impose their tropical memories on their new surroundings and lost touch with their ancient partnerships with the natural world. Today culture's nature-abandoning tendencies train hunger for food into habitual desires for money, land, and material goods; demean inborn nature; create chronic stress in human lives; and through information and technology, separate people from the holistic experience of life. Unlike traditional academics, experiential learning evokes feelings and actions as well as thoughts. To avoid stress and environmental destruction, experiential education must reunite human inner nature with the sentient living Earth. Only when feelings, experiences, and nature synchronize does the human mentality touch the Earth's wisdom and do humans learn that the stress on the land and wildlife is the same stress we suffer. The Audubon Institute, expedition education reverse students' exploitive "tropical" tendencies and teaches them to recognize that the living planet exists inside them, biologically and emotionally; to embrace lifestyles and technologies that harmonize with nature; to recognize cooperation and peace as functions of nature; and to confront and subdue their own and others' cultural fears and prejudices against nature. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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