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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THINK ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

The challenge before us today is to begin to think about sustainability through the lens of environmental health. The environment is a primary concern, not an afterthought. No human technology can fully replace “nature’s technology,” perfected...

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TWO COMMON SAYINGS USED IN MY FAMILY

There are two common sayings used in my family. They are the lessons from my ancestors: 1. जो प्राप्त है, वो पर्याप्त है (Whatever we possess, is what is enough) 2. ये दुनिया चलती...

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THE INNOCENCE OF HORNBILL

Flied semi-low, Hornbill exposed, Ambrosial comparable to drugs, In a lively space. Feeling dulcifies, Watching other birds fly, High expands, Let it be lost without winning. Proud of the rank, Endangered species; the hornbill nominated, Mankind’s...

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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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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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CLIMATE CRISIS FUELS GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Remember the women who are victims of gender-based violence due to climate crisis when you make decisions about their future. Remember the women who are being sold off into marriage because of a shortage of food in their house or during extreme droug...

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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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LEARN ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY

The energy that the majority of people use is mostly wasteful and harmful. It is important to learn more about renewable energy, since there’s no denying that energy is a basic necessity during this time and age....

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LET EARTH CATCH HER BREATH

Empowered with knowledge and equipped with empathy, education has the potential to shift minds and attitudes to let Earth catch her breath....

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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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PROTECTING ENVIRONMENT IS ALSO PROTECTING US

Climate change has caused a tremendous impact not only on humanity but also on Mother Nature. Remember in 2020, the flood washed away thousands of houses and properties in central Vietnam. Most recently, earthquakes devastated Turkey and Syria. The c...

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RECONNECT WITH NATURE

I have a friend who comes from one of the sacred lands in West Java. From him, I have learned how people from modern communities like mine have been displaced and disconnected from nature. I believe that humans can thrive together by re-learning thin...

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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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STOP FOSSIL FUELS

We always define our goals as a humanitarian approach to ensure environmental safety and protection, yet we still find ourselves drowning in the adverse effects of the climate crisis. What went wrong? Instead of bombarding the mass with alternatives...

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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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RESPECT ALL LIVING BEINGS

We must learn to respect not only human but all living beings on Earth...

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Reimagining Our Futures Together

To re-learn how we are interconnected with a living, damaged planet we must unlearn the human arrogance that has resulted in massive biodiversity loss, the destruction of entire ecosystems, and irreversible climate change. Pedagogy needs to be framed...

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COOPERATION

Nature taught me about cooperation or gotong royong. Plants are related to each other and complement each other to create a balanced ecosystem. Sometimes a plant's life depends on other plants, such as the endangered Rafflesia flower. Rafflesia flowe...

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LEARN ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY

Climate education should be included in our curriculum today to change our attitudes and behaviors in order to respond to the global climate emergency. Environmental literacy would encourage people to become agents of change. Climate education will h...

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