Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

Welcome to Sea To Sky's Teaching Resources page. We are pleased to provide you with access to curriculum materials that we have developed and field tested over many years. These materials have been available to schools who have participated in Sea To Sky programs — we are now offering these web based resources to other 'educators' at a modest price. We welcome your feedback on these curriculum materials and their usefulness to your school or organization.

E-tron (Ecospherotron)

Ecospherotron (E-Tron)

Set of 5 PDF files, suitable for printing, $25 + tax (GST & PST). Click each one for a larger view. See below for a detailed explanation of E-tron, or download a PDF version here.

Miracle
Miracle
Balance
Balance
Overshoot
Overshoot
Crash
Crash
Restoration
Restoration

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E-tron Explained:

“We don't fully understand how the world works; we don't even understand how much we don't understand.”

The Ecospherotron (E-tron) is a model representing our living planet. Through a sequence of 5 artistic images, the E-tron portrays the relationships and interdependence of our human world and the Earth's life support system on which we depend. Each of the 5 images depicts a different state and a different time in our planet's history:

  1. MIRACLE
  2. BALANCE
  3. OVERSHOOT
  4. CRASH
  5. RESTORATION

A SYSTEMS VIEW OF OUR LIVING PLANET

Our planet is a system — a whole of interdependent parts. The system is more than the sum of these parts and we can only make educated guesses as to how it works. A systems view allows us to get our heads around the amazing complexity of our world. There are many examples of systems. The human body, a forest, a car, a city, a school and a bird are all examples of systems. Likely the most important system to understand and appreciate is our living planet.

1. MIRACLE

The MIRACLE E-tron image models our planet's essential features and working parts before the arrival of humans:

2. BALANCE

3. OVERSHOOT

4. / 5. CRASH or RESTORATION?

The final two E-tron images represent two different outcomes for the future. One lays out a vision if we fail to act now in significant ways. The other assumes that we've hit a watershed in consciousness that has us thinking and acting in fundamentally different ways. CRASH is where we will end up if we don't act swiftly now to de-carbon our economy and move beyond the growth paradigm — which, on a finite planet is a matter of life. Back in the 20th century or before that we could ignore resource constraints but now in the early stages of the 21st century we are seeing all the signs that to continue to do so will be lethal to the human enterprise. RESTORATION suggests that there is another way forward but it isn't easy. It requires that our lifestyles in the 'West' get a fundamental shake and that we realize immediately that the 'best things in life aren't things'. Presently we are consuming 40% more Nature than can renew itself each year. We will have to return as quickly as possible to one planet lifestyles which will require huge reductions in the amount of water we use, the amount of 'international' food we eat, the amount of garbage and toxins we create and the amount of greenhouse gases we produce. It won't be easy but the benefits if we start now will be enormous — a planet that can support us.

“A living planet is a rare thing, perhaps the rarest thing in the universe.” Kenneth Brower

PDF version of the E-tron explanation »