TURN IT
AROUND!

How to

TURN IT AROUND! is a toolkit to help us radically reimagine education in response to the climate and ecological emergency.  There is no one right way to use them, but here are some ideas that may get you started in turning this emergency around.

 

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MONEY WON’T SAVE US

No matter how much money polluting industries have made, when wildfires consume the last forest, when the last city is flooded, when we are unable to produce any food and are severely dehydrated because of the extremely high heat and no water to drin...

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DANCING IN YELLOW

Dancing in yellow tastes sweeter than passionfruit, a place where the mountains, the beetles, the trees can hold me. They give me so much — I want to give back, to make them feel held. To support them in their growth, to watch the sun continue...

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TEACHING IS THE ACT OF LOVE

Teaching is an act of love and care. Awareness is the initial step towards change. The Earth is sending us warnings and we need to hear its voice and learn....

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DEVELOPMENT IS UNNECESSARY EVIL

Remember that development is unnecessary evil. It may make my life luxurious and easy, but it should not jeopardise my basic right of a blue sky, clean air, water and soil. I do not want to be pumped with chemicals and energy shots for food and gaspi...

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Break toxic cycles

It is important that we break toxic cycles. Whatever decisions you make now will not only affect those who are still growing up, but will determine what trends they will carry forward. The future can be bright, if we all work together to unlearn and...

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OUR PLANET IS BEAUTIFUL

Remember that our planet is beautiful and the only one that is safely habitable. Remember that its resources are finite. Remember that after you, many generations will follow. Remember that responsibility is in your hands now, but soon it will be in...

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NATURE’S CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

Nature has been able to work out creative solutions to support all forms of life on earth. By observing and studying these life forms — their behavior, movement, form, adaptability, and so on — humans can develop new technologies or optimize exis...

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LIGHT SOMEONE’S DARKNESS

What stops me when I am on the verge of giving up is the fact that one day in the future my voice and words will motivate all those young minds who think that one failure can catastrophically destroy their future. Even in a situation when things make...

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Learn to coexist

Many species are in danger of extinction. This black-faced spoonbill was originally a common species in the wetlands of East Asia, but its habitat has been destroyed by humans for their convenience. Our life is already convenient enough, so please do...

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Facing an uncertain future, I find hope and resilience in my family. My mom and I talk about everything and when we talk I feel inspired and she warns me and teaches me a lot because she has been through a lot and she doesn’t want me to make th...

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THE THOUGHT OF THE SUN RISING

Just the thought of the sun rising afresh the next day gives me hope and excitement about what the future holds....

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Change ourselves

To change the world for a better planet we must change ourselves - our own behaviors, thoughts, and ways of being. And this can only be achieved through environmental education. We need to mentor the next generation by equipping them with ecological...

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CHANGE CULTURAL CUSTOMS

The environment can only be protected if we generate a change in our cultural customs, and at the same time, this change can be achieved if we begin to educate from the youngest generations. Because ultimately we educate the little ones and they...

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RESPECT THE HABITAT OF EACH BEING

My non-human teachers teach me to respect the habitat of each being, the need to have a home where to live in peace and safety, to be free, to have good health. Empathy is a quality that we must develop as much as possible to understand other human a...

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I FIND HOPE IN UNITY

I find hope in unity. The more united we get, the easier it will be to address any problems we face. Many hands, many brains together can make a lot of difference and create change. ...

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THE STILLNESS OF NATURE

In the stillness of nature I have learned to listen to my inner voice, to follow my intuition and to explore new paths. I have learned that I need sun, water, clean air and that, in a way, I am like a tree: my passage through life must produce sh...

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EARTH IS ALL WE HAVE

Earth is all we have and we must learn how to take care of her. Including climate education in today’s educational curriculum will bring the urgency of climate action, discouraging activities that lead to global heating and encouraging our collecti...

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Resilience

Resilience. Nature shows us the ability to recover after being damaged or destroyed. We always see how it strives to survive: the small plants and flowers that emerge after devastating floods, the forests that regrow after fires, the trees that lift...

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CLIMATE EDUCATION IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR SURVIVAL

Climate education is fundamental for our species’ survival. It is necessary for the evolution of our society. The world has progressed in an enormous way in the last two centuries, but now we need another revolution: the environmental revolution. I...

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