Dec 13: David Orr at Phipps

Inspire Speaker Series David Orr
Thinking Big:  Interdisciplinary Sustainability Learning.  The Green Building Alliance and Phipps Conservatory present David Orr for the next talk in the INSPIRE speaker series.

"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it." David Orr, Earth in Mind

oin us for the third session of the INSPIRE Speakers Series with national expert David Orr, a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change!GBA and Phipps Conservatory are excited to host David Orr to speak about the value of integrating sustainability across the curriculum and engaging students with their local communities. As David explains in his book Ecological Literacy, the words "environmental education" imply education about the environment, often in a separate course or two within formal school settings.  However, all education is environmental education due to the interconnectedness of all things, and thus of all academic disciplines. To be effective, education must reflect the ecological patterns that connect us all, and not be confined to separate subject areas or within the walls of our formal school settings.In this inspirational talk, David will discuss the following concepts from his book, Ecological Literacy:
  • The value of engaging the wider society in education;

  • The roles of nongovernmental organizations, schools, colleges, universities as catalysts to a wider transformation of the culture and society;

  • The importance of the educational environment, campus, and curriculum as reflections of ecological values and realities; and

  • The goal of ecological literacy as the active cultivation of ecological intelligence, imagination, and competence.
5:30-8:30 p.m. at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.  For more information and to register online, go here.  Cost:  GBA or partner organization member: $25;  non-member $45.  For group rates and scholarship information, please contact Jenna Cramer.  For the December lecture only, guests of the Inspire Speakers Series will have a chance to exploreCandlelight Evenings at Phipps! After you hear our amazing lecture from David Orr, stroll around the halls of Phipps and be enchanted by the Winter Flower Show & Winter Light Garden. You’ll be surrounded by live music, twinkling lights, and beautiful flowers! What better way to spend a cold winter evening? Phipps will remain open until 10 p.m. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear an amazing speaker and enjoy this special treat, all for one low price!

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