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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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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PRESERVE FORESTS

Preserving forests and living things on earth gives us the life we deserve. In recent years, there has been a massive exploitation of forests on the island of Borneo. Many people want to clear land by burning forests extensively for personal gain....

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A VAST WORLD OF PHILIPPINE MYTHOLOGY

One of our popular local myths involves Maria Makiling, the resident diwata (fairy) of the namesake mountain in Laguna. She once walked among humans but was distraught by the environmental destruction they’ve caused and was never seen since. I like...

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EVERY LIVING BEING TEACHES US TO COEXIST WITH THE WORLD

Every form of living being teaches us a way to love life, with its difficulties and affinities. They show us the result of millions of years of solving problems. Everything is already solved, our architectures, designs and psychologies need to lo...

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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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CANCEL CATASTROPHES!

Care, courage, cooperation Can certainly curtail catastrophes. Concerned, caring citizens Consider cleverness, curiosity; Convince communities, committees Crack country’s concurrent crises: Crime, climate change, corruption. Consider conditions: Co...

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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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WE BELONG TO EARTH

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

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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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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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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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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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DANCING IN YELLOW

Dancing in yellow tastes sweeter than passionfruit, a place where the mountains, the beetles, the trees can hold me. They give me so much — I want to give back, to make them feel held. To support them in their growth, to watch the sun continue...

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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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THE BEAUTY OF NATURE

The beauty of nature — a literal natural beauty. Leaves do become dry and flowers do wither, but that doesn’t change the fact that no matter how many disasters have come that caused them damage or disruption, their beauty always takes over their...

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FIND CONNECTION IN DREAMS

My relationship with indigenous ancestry is through connection in dreams. Through dreams I feel the energy of Mother Earth. When I observe nature, it brings me signs of rhythm, gives me firmness with the pecking of the woodpecker, transmits to me lon...

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LEARN INTERDEPENDENCE

Nature as an ecosystem of life on this earth has a very important role for all living things on it. If there is damage to nature, it will directly affect all living things....

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KINDNESS TRANSCENDS ALL BOUNDARIES

My ancestors taught me that distance is no great hurdle to kindness and love. When one decides to be gracious, one can transcend time and earthly boundaries. ...

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DRAWING DOODLES

I find hope and resilience in drawing doodles, digital characters, flowers, and cartoons. Almost everytime when I face an uncertain future, I turn to doodling....

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