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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we belong to earth

We belong to Earth, the Earth doesn’t belong to us....

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CONSEQUENCE OF OUR CURRENT ACTS

Let’s see the future as a consequence of our current acts, let’s show the youngest examples of good acts that have been done before and how they have contributed to the improvement of today. Every little seed that is planted today, tomorrow w...

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WILLINGNESS TO QUESTION

There must be a willingness to question what it means to have a “good life.” It’s frustrating that so many people still very much define a good life in terms of how much they can buy, how lavishly they can live, how many things they can own. Bu...

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VULNERABLE LISTENING

Having grown up at the foothills of the Himalayas replete with litchi orchards, life has been full of encounters with inhabitants of the mountains, each one carrying a different shard of my ancestors. I speak with them — to the moths that would...

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SPEAK UP, AND…

We are the first generation to know we’re destroying the world, and we could be the last one to do anything about it. Speaking up is one of the most powerful things you can do. Talk to the people in charge. Talk to your friends, neighbours, and...

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CONNECTION WITH THE LAND

I see in this generation a great openness to change and a great capacity to find a connection with the land and all others....

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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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Teamwork

I admire bees so much that my desire is to become one of them — from their flight, which is a real enigma, to the funny way they buzz while filling their little bodies with pollen. But what I admire the most is that they form hives and carry out a...

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Doughnut Economics Action Lab

Doughnut Economics recognises that human behaviour can be nurtured to be cooperative and caring, just as it can be competitive and individualistic. It also recognises that economies, societies, and the rest of the living world, are complex, interdepe...

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PAY ATTENTION

Every living being teaches us something, we just have to pay attention and interpret it properly....

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NATURE COMMUNICATES WITH US

The real threat to human existence is humans. Humans have a tendency to take more from nature than they offer and to take nature for granted. It is mankind’s deficiency in empathy and the inability to listen to and feel the world around us that sha...

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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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We are guests on this planet

We are guests on this planet. We come, live for several decades, and then leave. We are supposed to leave the things the way they are for our next generation. We can enjoy and revel in this beauty but we are not supposed to change and destroy it....

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A portal to the wisdom nature holds

“When we Ask Nature, first we quiet our human cleverness. Then we ask, and then we listen. The answer is the echo that bounces off of the land herself. With the solution in hand, we always end the circle by saying thank you.” – Janine Benyus T...

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HUMANS AND NATURE ARE CONNECTED

Remember that humans and nature are connected. If you make a decision against nature, you’re doing something against yourself too....

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EARTH IS A GIFT

The trees they teach me That to breathe It means you need To not just take but give That the Sun Is life’s sustenance And the Earth Is his gift to us The animals They speak to me In languages more sophisticated Than our own chattering They see sign...

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GROWING SEEDS FROM SOIL

The beauty of growing seeds from the soil. It’s so amazing how plants grow. School hasn’t taught me to plant trees, vegetables, crops and make our planet green again.  ...

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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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Global Student Forum

Leaders in the Global North need to make room for the Global south to create sustainable societies by doing so themselves. The responsibility of climate change is often shifted to China and India, even though Australia, Canada and USA - along with ma...

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