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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LOAM: A fertile soil that nurtures growth

A good book has the power to change the global conversation, reshape social ecosystems, and heal our Earth. Print publishing is a sacred practice in building accessible blueprints for seeding equitable, liberatory, and just futures. How can we nurtur...

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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 THE HABITAT OF EACH BEING

My non-human teachers teach me to respect the habitat of each being, the need to have a home where to live in peace and safety, to be free, to have good health. Empathy is a quality that we must develop as much as possible to understand other human a...

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DEVELOPMENT IS UNNECESSARY EVIL

Remember that development is unnecessary evil. It may make my life luxurious and easy, but it should not jeopardise my basic right of a blue sky, clean air, water and soil. I do not want to be pumped with chemicals and energy shots for food and gaspi...

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EDUCATE WITH LOVE

Educate us with love, teach us to love. Love influences everything that surrounds us. Eliminate the capitalist protocol that has us tired and stressed, that has other species endangered and extinct....

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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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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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NO SITUATION IS PERMANENT

In times of hardship and uncertainty, I find my hope by affirming that no situation is permanent. I try as much as possible to keep my head held up high and try again when I fail. I believe in perseverance and this makes me work harder to achieve the...

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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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WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED

We have everything we need in this moment to solve our problems....

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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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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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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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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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TIME TO INCLUDE THE YOUTH

Stop protecting and sheltering youth from the climate crisis reality. It is not doom and gloom, but hopeful participation, determination, and imagination that drive the involvement of youth in climate action. It is time to include youth in the de...

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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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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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UNDERSTAND PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

We study history to learn and understand our past. We must learn about climate crisis, too, for us to understand what will happen in the future if we don’t act now....

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NATURE’S CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

Nature has been able to work out creative solutions to support all forms of life on earth. By observing and studying these life forms — their behavior, movement, form, adaptability, and so on — humans can develop new technologies or optimize exis...

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