Environment, Community and Story-Based Learning
Edited by Alida Gersie, Anthony Nanson and Edward Schieffelin
Foreword by Jonathon Porritt
This is a beautiful, deeply considered delving into the power and wonder of stories, how traditional stories have shaped the way generations have seen the earth, and what it can be to reshape some of those stories to reflect a union and love between man and nature.
There are many authors and viewpoints between the covers of this wonderful book. Each story they select and the thoughts they share about it are like an overflowing cornucopia of delight and wonder, knowledge and wisdom. Where one might expect to find “nice, environmentally friendly” stories, instead you will be treated to literary richness grounded in the depths of history and folk wisdom.
Storytelling for a Greener World is a treasure to be visited and revisited as often as possible.
From the publisher:
A treasury of 43 stories, creative activities, techniques, tips and descriptions of inspiring practice to both empower newcomers and seasoned practitioners.
A handy, unique and authoritative resource for developing innovative story-work, and a key sourcebook of lasting usefulness.
This handbook offers time-tested stories, creative activities and methods that environmental educators and storytellers can use to affect people’s pro-environmental behavior. Whether it is a brief mention of seeing a skein of geese flying in an evening sky, or children from a tough area getting inspired by kittiwakes, both adults and children can engage profoundly with nature through the imaginative power of story, with lasting personal and environmental changes.
It explores the links between storytelling and emotional literacy, place, environmental justice, connecting with alienated youngsters, how to encourage children and adults’ curiosity about nature, building community, sustainability and indigenous peoples, local legends, human-animal communication and how to co-create a sustainable future together.
Storytelling for a Greener World brings together the wisdom of cutting-edge storytellers who offer a range of distinctive but complementary approaches to the art of telling stories for environmental education in 21 chapters.