Sustainable Living, Ecological Literacy, and the Breath of Life

Fritjof Capra


This paper discusses the conceptual foundations for “Education for
Sustainable Patterns of Living,” the mission of the Center for Ecoliteracy in
California. It offers an operational definition of ecological sustainability, and
proposes study of living systems as a framework for understanding ecology.
It considers key concepts for understanding living systems and their impli-
cations for educators. The paper addresses experiences that foster emotion-
al connections with nature within a pedagogy for education for sustainable
living. This paper is paired with Michael Stone’s paper in this issue,
“Rethinking School Lunch,” which discusses practical applications of this
conceptual grounding.

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