C.O.R.R.E. C.ornerstones O.f R.ight R.elationships in E.nvironments

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Volpe, Elizabeth
Master of Arts in Earth Literacy
To think of “core” as the molten hot center of the planet Earth, is to contemplate the ever-evolving spheres of this unique planet with all of its diverse life. The cosmic particles that have come together to create our home are held in such a tenuous balance that a temperature change of just a few degrees hotter or cooler would disallow life as we conceive of it to exist on this planet. The core of the Earth is a part of all of the amazing factors that allow for the biodiversity that we participate in each day as we walk past dandelions and fir trees, hares and wasps, as we enjoy an apple or the warmth of the sun on our skin. When pondering a fruit, the “core” 1s that part which contains the seeds, the possibility of continuing a given species. It is my goal here that by participating in an intentional and reverent study of planet Earth, that young people might learn ways to foster the sustainability of the life forces of this planet. With the C.O.R.R.E. curriculum explained in the pages to follow, it is my hope to allow adolescent men and women to participate in a celebration of the uniqueness of Earth, of their own bioregion, and perhaps most essential to their development, a celebration of their own internal drives. I look forward to the opportunity to shape a learning experience in which the participants become both more expressive, as well as more aware of the awesome, awesome variety and brilliance of life on Earth. In the pages that follow, I have outlined teaching strategies and unit plans that are aimed at incorporating both an experiential education methodology, as well as regular ritual, and community service, in order to establish a core group of care-takers, committed to the long term nurturing of Earth and each of its inhabitants, both plant, animal, and mineral.