Our Shared History
Earth Learning was founded in 2003 in response to a grassroots need to put Earth literacy into action. Earth Learning emerged as a result of the work of the Earth Literacy network between Miami Dade College’s Earth Ethics Institute (Miami), Genesis Farm (Blairstown, NJ), St. Thomas University’s Center for Healing the Earth (Miami), and the Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center (Washburn, TN), which all continue today.
As a budding organization, Earth Learning’s history is fed by the deep roots of these long established organizations which reflect Earth as the model for learning and functional sustainability. Through this history, Earth Learning also fosters an awareness of global interdependence, ecological integrity through biological diversity, and the natural processes that sustain life.
Through its more local historical lineage, Earth Learning carries forward the vision of Mac Smith Jr. and the programs he founded at Miami Dade College including Life Lab, the Environmental Demonstration Center at Kendall Campus, Earth Literacy, and the Earth Ethics Institute. As a result of these programs a growing need for avenues of action in the larger community arose, and hence the vision for Earth Learning, creating a place where society and nature can meet in a mutually-beneficial, restorative manner.
We are now at a pivotal moment in our history as an organization, where we have begun to realize our vision!