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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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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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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The Grandmothers’ Gift of Fibrous Yarning

This gift comes from an ancestry of strong women. Across continents and generations, they’ve been weaving and sewing the fabrics that sustain life while crafting subversive stories. We pick up the stitches cast by our grandmothers, which they’ve...

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STOP LIVING LIKE TOURISTS

I hear a whisper in the wind. I walk over stifled growth on once fertile ground. We live in a dilapidated home begging its inhabitants to acknowledge the value of its treasures, patiently suffering and waiting for change. Oh, how we ignore the mo...

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A TREE LEAF ONCE TAUGHT ME

I keep this photo to remind me of what a tree leaf once taught me. Feeling exhausted after a hard mornings’ work, I sat in the grass to have lunch and picked up this fragile heart-shaped leaf. In that moment, the tree leaf taught me two things, sha...

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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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SIX TO TEN YEARS TO TAKE ACTION

We have six to ten years to take action before it is too late to reverse any of the damage our planet has suffered....

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EVERYTHING ON EARTH HAS ITS OWN PURPOSE

Human ego tends to think of things in nature as being useful for us or useless in general. It’s a pretty incredible conceit. Truly observing nature teaches us that everything on Earth has its own purpose and we should value what each creature d...

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STUDENTS ORGANIZING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

What do students think about sustainability and education?  We asked just under 7000 students from around the world. Here are a few of the results from our survey Students, Sustainability and Education 2020: 92% agreed that sustainable development s...

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NOW OR NEVER

It is now or never. That’s all I want to say....

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NATURE DOES NOT HURRY

Nature does not hurry, but everything is accomplished....

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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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WALK SLOWLY

Life close to nature has taught me to walk slowly. Humans are the only beings on this planet who wear a watch. There is no one who can rush the flowers, nor the rain. While the technology exists to do so, this only satisfies the times of humans, not...

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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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NATURE IS THE SECOND MOTHER

Nature is the second mother from whom I learn the lessons of four elements essential to life. Water teaches me how to calm and keep going when meeting any obstacles. Fire teaches me how to be a burning star. Earth teaches me how to be patient. Air te...

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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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WALK ON THE LAND WITH LIGHT STEPS

Walk on the land with light steps. When there is no space for the indigenous person on the land, there will be no space for any human being. Listen to the Original peoples, take care of the land as you would take care of your mother, do not take anyt...

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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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EMPATHY

Humans often think in an anthropocentric way considering only what is best for an individual human, in a given moment. We build over environments and corral animals to suit our needs. This has led us to the brink of planetary disaster. The future...

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ARTISTS IN BRUNEI, CAMBODIA, INDONESIA, LAOS, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, or VIETNAM Be a part of the AUN Edition of Turn it Around!  Open call for youth artists in Southeast Asia is now live!  SUBMIT HERE
ARTISTS IN BRUNEI, CAMBODIA, INDONESIA, LAOS, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, or VIETNAM Be a part of the AUN Edition of Turn it Around!  Open call for youth artists in Southeast Asia is now live!  SUBMIT HERE
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