3 steps toward ecological literacy –
the ability to understand the natural systems that make life on earth possible. An ecologically literate society would be a sustainable society which did not destroy the natural environment on which they depend. Therefore in short, we promote education for sustainable way of life. Ecological literacy is a powerful concept as it creates a foundation for an integrated approach to environmental problems.
Planting seeds of curiosity about nature through books
We initiate Eco-Libraries for children, source books and distribute them to the Eco-Libraries. The books are primarily in Indonesian language, their up-to-date content is focused on Nature, animals, plants and ecology and importantly, they are fun to read. The books are intended to make children curious about the Nature, overcome their fear of unknown and grow their empathy towards the environment, so they protect it in the future. The locations are either already established institutions (schools, kid clubs, public libraries, mosques, churches etc) or we initiate new community Eco-Libraries. (Individual based knowledge transfer – low level of commitment)
Inspiring children to lead sustainable lifestyles through games and activities
The next step is to fertilise the seeds of environmental awareness by implementing Eco-Activities and games in the running Eco-Libraries. The Eco-Activities help children interact with Nature, enable them hands on experience and inspire them to lead sustainable way of life. The Eco-Library managers get guidelines about the Eco-Activities through Eco-Library Forum on Facebook. The Regional Coordinators encourage the implementation of the Eco-Activities and monitor the feedback.
The topics: Web of life (we’re all connected), Waste, Food, Water, Energy, Climate change, Travel, Ecosystem services, Biodiversity, Pollution, Consumption (buying power, wasteful consumption-throwaway society, consumerism, materialism), Health (hygiene & nutrition), Housing & Building.
The Eco-Activities: Storytelling /Book-reading for younger children, Creative activities (drawing/painting, craft making, poetry, song writing, etc), Actions (clean up, tree planting, cooking etc), Projects (composting, veggie garden, upcycling), Eco-movie watching & discussion, Field trips.
(group based knowledge transfer – medium level of commitment)
Inspiring communities to implement sustainable practices
The third step toward eco-literacy is to cultivate a tree of sustainable lifestyle in the whole community. Over time the Eco-Library will become a center for resources about sustainable practices for the whole community. The latest advancement in IT will serve for easier communication and knowledge transfer. Such practices include permaculture, alternative sources of electricity, micro businesses, waste bank, herbal medicine, etc. This will lead to the overall well being of the community, the members will become happier and healthier which is the most effective force to cope with the local environmental issues. (community based knowledge transfer – high level of commitment)