Environmental literacy, ecological literacy, ecoliteracy: What do we mean and how did we get here?

McBride, B. B. et al. (2013) ‘Environmental literacy, ecological literacy, ecoliteracy: What do we mean and how did we get here?’, Ecosphere, 4(5), pp. 1–20.

“The most widely accepted meaning of environmental literacy is that it comprises an awareness of and concern about the environment and its associated problems, as well as the knowledge, skills, and motivations to work toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.”

“Characterization of ecological literacy within the field of ecology has evolved considerably […], focusing on the key ecological knowledge necessary for informed decision-making, acquired through scientific inquiry and systems thinking.”

“The term ecoliteracy was first published 16 years ago by Capra (1997)[…]. Drawing heavily on the work of Orr (1992), Capra and others in the broader humanities have advanced ecoliteracy, with a focus on the creation of sustainable human communities and society”.