Environmental Education, Biology, Biophilia, Phylogenetics

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A biology framework in Environmental Education can inspire biophilia, the love for the complex array of lifeforms on this planet, in students. In this paper, a simple, multi-scaled phylogenetic tree is presented to express such a framework. When viewing life from a framework such as a phylogenetic tree, the human species is seen as just one part of something vastly complex. This view is contrasted to another framework, more anthropocentric in nature, that seems to be more typical in the developed world. Challenging students to view the role of humanity from a biocentric, rather than anthropocentric, framework can lead to a greater appreciation of the diversity of life. This, in turn, could be a catalyst for a biophilic revolution, reducing environmental problems and lead to a more ecologically-minded status quo.


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Environmental education; Phylogeny; Biology; Environmental degradation


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