I say teaching environmental literacy is legitimate, even vital. It gathers in geography, history, geology, biology; it could also include literature, sociology, even psychology and philosophy. It could easily lean toward existence as a geography course with greater emphasis on the environment. Certainly it would need to focus on local studies, thus it would help students understand where they live. As it focuses on the locality of the community, it would afford students a greater sense of place and how it, and they, fit spatially into the global bio-econo-historico-scheme
. Ultimately, with growth in sense of place comes growth in sense of, and knowledge of, self.