New MOOC: Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology

“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I think I am living for, in detail, and ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for. Between these two answers you can determine the identity of any person. The better answer he has, the more of a person he is.” ~ Thomas Merton

Do you want to learn more about what Paul Hawken calls “Blessed Unrest”?

Yes, it is true that all the ecosystems that support our lives and those of millions of other beings are being pushed beyond their boundaries…

Yes, it is true that the social and political systems we have built or allowed to exist create inequality, injustice and unnecessary pain…

We are facing, more than any other in human history, not one but thousands of crossroads…however, they all combine in either of two options: create the stories we want to live or continue living within the same old, oppressive and polluted stories.

There are thousands, if not millions of awesome human beings currently visioning, dreaming and building a new world: they are everywhere, and they represent our only hope.

From Civil Ecology’s course:

“Explore why and how people come together to care for nature and cultivate community in places marked by disaster, war, poverty and environmental degradation.

About this Course

The actions of ordinary people are often absent in studies of urban renewal and urban ecology. Around the world, people who are fed up with environmental degradation and the breakdown of their communities come together to transform blighted vacant lots, trashed-out stream corridors, polluted estuaries, and other “broken places.” Civic ecology practices—such as community gardening, wetlands restoration, river cleanups, and tree planting—are a means for people to express resilience and rebuild communities marked by disaster and disinvestment. Civic ecology draws on psychology, sociology, political science, education, ecology, and social-ecological systems resilience to understand how and why people care for nature and their communities.”

Want more? Join for free!

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Check more about this course and who is being it: http://civicecology.org/

 

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