How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
I am currently involved as an environmental educator, connecting kids to nature. I work at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and also at the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I'm interested because of the disconnect modern children have to nature and to one another. this "nature deficit disorder" as it has been referred to by author Richard Louv is both part of the problem and the solution to a more sustainable future. The more nature appreciation the children in our society have, then the more committed they will be to protecting it. I am interested in natural building techniques and networking in SLO County.
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
I am a credentialed teacher as well as a trained outdoor educator. I coordinate the regional CREEC Network, which is a network of environmental educators in SLO County, SB County, Ventura County and Kern County.
What aspects of the sustainability movement most interests you?
I can include postings through the CREEC Network. I can also network with the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, which is creating a environmentally sustainable public garden on 150 acres in El Chorro Regional Park.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Sustainability Movement
Global Mind Shift is a great website.
Last Child in the Woods is a great book by Richard Louv.
Also, Coyote Guide by Jon Young and others.
Natural Building Network is a great online resource.
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My name is Kris and I work for the City of SLO as a Park Ranger. I teach Environmental Education and would love as much info as you have! I have checked out the CREEC site and was a little over whelmed because my background isn't in Standardized teaching. Do you have any cool resources for lesson plan ideas? Thanks for all you do!