Understanding Ecology

Debate about balance and harmony in nature is a strong theme currently running through our society. To help our children understand the different forces at play, we look for ways to show them how everything is connected to everything else.

Maria Montessori understood the importance of an ecological view of the world, the need for conservation of resources and the cooperation of the peoples of the world in order for the world and its people to survive.

Last week, our students heard from Maria Elizabeth Rodriguez Ronderos, an ecologist who has worked in the Colombian rainforest, and her husband, associate professor of ecology at the National University of Singapore, Ryan Chisholm. We hope that hearing stories of how trees absorb carbon and vines kill trees will help enrich the minds of our young global citizens and ensure they can contribute thoughtfully to future debate.