Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 20, Issue 1, 2023

Narratives of Sustainability in the Anthropocene

Andrejs Kūlnieks
Pages 217-230

Eco-poetic inquiry for inspiring relationships with local places: Exploring a sustainable curriculum of Eco-literacy learning

In this paper I outline how Poetic Inquiry can serve to help learners develop a closer relationship with the places that they live. An eco-hermeneutic investigation of language helps writers to develop a closer relationship with the places that they live by finding language to describe the plants and animals that grow there. I consider how a deep analysis of language can inspire learners to pay closer attention to local environments and seasonal shifts. A close analysis of being part of the process of collecting and growing food becomes a place where the sharing of intergenerational knowledge is fostered. The sharing of stories also contributes to a deepening of awareness of climate change. By investigating and expanding language to describe experiences within the nearby nature of local places, learners consider how stories of place can also help them uncover and expand their understandings about the Earth.

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