I’ve been reading Daniel Goleman’s Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything. It’s a great book, and I highly recommend it. It’s so helpful to the MOGO-inclined, not only because it spells out the impacts of everyday things, but also because it articulates so well the need for analysis, disclosure, and knowledge so that we can make informed choices.
As Goleman writes: “Our inability to instinctively recognize the connections between our actions and the problems that result from them leaves us wide open to creating the dangers we decry.” Green labels aren’t enough. We need solid science and full eco-transparency so that we can both choose according to our values and collectively change systems.
Ecological intelligence is not innate; it must be acquired and then taught with full commitment. We can add this to our goals as humane educators – to create a generation that’s ecologically intelligent. And we can add this excellent book to our toolbox.
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