December 10th, 2007

Environmental Literacy and Data

UNFCCC logoI heard a new phrase today-Environmental Literacy. I was listening to a story on National Public Radio about the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference that is going on in Bali. I have a friend who gave a presentation there a few days ago so my ears perked up to the story.

I am interested in the concept of 21st century literacy and what we need to know to be successful in the 21st century. How would environmental literacy fine into the list of literacies:

  • Information literacy
  • Technology literacy
  • Visual literacy
  • Math/Statistical/Data literacy
  • Cultural literacy
  • Media literacy, etc.

I also came across a map about Clean Development Mechanism projects all across the globe.

Isn’t it amazing how information displayed visually has such an impact on your understanding (and interest) in it? Using datasets and spatial data is a growing field in librarianship as scholars have the ability to harness vast datasets in their research. One consideration is at the end of a project, where should the data go so that future scholars could replicate the study? To the Library? Should the scholar be responsible for keeping it? It will be some time before we all increase our collective literacies to answer questions like these effectively.


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