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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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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MINIMALISM

Minimalism, living with only the things we really need, is the best way to protect both ourselves and our planet. Imagine a world where people owned only what is essential for survival. How much change it would bring to our environment. All this lies...

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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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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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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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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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we belong to earth

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

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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 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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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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WE DEPEND ON YOUR DECISIONS

Remember that the existence of the future generations depends on the decisions of today. Do not choose your political livelihood over the millions of lives that are affected by environmental degradation every day....

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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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EVERYTHING IS ALIVE!

Everything is alive! Every rock and mountain and tree and animal....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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