Rethinking School Lunch: Education for Sustainability in Practice

Michael K. Stone


This paper complements Fritjof Capra’s paper in this issue, “Sustainable
Living, Ecological Literacy, and the Breath of Life.” It explores how concepts
essential to ecological literacy can also guide strategies for overcoming bar-
riers to introducing integrated, multidisciplinary pedagogy into school cur-
ricula. It examines how the crisis of childhood obesity and nutrition-related
illness constitutes a point of systemic instability that creates an opportunity
to integrate experiential learning and academics, and to promote ecological
thinking while addressing mandated standards. It illustrates the contribu-
tions to environmental education that a small third-party organization with
a clear conceptual framework can make.

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