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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DO WHAT YOU CAN

One day a wildfire engulfed a forest, the animals ran and stood by the river watching in fear and helplessness. A small hummingbird flew to the river and scooped up a beak full of water and poured it onto the fire. The animals discouraged him, an...

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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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CHANGE OUR LIFESTYLES

Our lifestyles must change if we want to leave a livable planet for future generations. ...

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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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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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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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Finding connection in Conversations with Rain

Cup your hands over your ears, pause. listen. Notice overlapping sounds of sea, cave, sense, time, r a i n Now pick up two pencils, one in each hand, and use them to make the Sound of Rain with repeated marks falling onto the page. What if listening...

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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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Global Youth Biodiversity Network

We are living in a social-ecological crisis. Societal values and principles, colored by systemic inequalities, are shaping our economies, policies, and institutions in unsustainable and inequitable ways. The result is an global social-ecological cris...

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THINK LESS ABOUT BUILDING AND DEVELOPING LAND

We need you to think less about building and developing land, and more about growing and protecting environment. We want to continue seeing the animals that you got to see when you were a child. We want to stroll around the garden, hand pick few...

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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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PLANTS LIVE AND LET US LIVE

Plants live and let us live. We must live so that we can benefit each other....

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THE WORTH OF INTELLIGENCE

Intelligence is not worth anything when you do not use it....

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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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ACTS OF LOVING KINDNESS

Hope comes from acts of loving kindness, from slowing down and resting. Let rest be our ultimate resistance in a world that’s moving too fast towards self-destruction....

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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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CARE FOR THE LAND

In Hawai’i, we learn the importance of mālama ‘āina - care for the land. This value is at the core of Hawai’i’s ancestral past where if we care for the land, the land will care for us. We do not own the land but are rather the stewards of i...

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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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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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