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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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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WE NEED SYSTEMIC CHANGE, INDIVIDUAL ACTION IS NOT ENOUGH

All our life, we have been taught about small acts to save the planet. We had always been told to plant more trees. Pick up our trash. Decline straws to save the turtles. Reduce, reuse, recycle. But at this level of crisis, simple acts won’t cut it...

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PAY ATTENTION

Every living being teaches us something, we just have to pay attention and interpret it properly....

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LOVE AND CARE

I love taking care of our plants at home. I call them "bunso" or a younger sibling in Filipino. As an only child, I treat my plants as one of my younger brothers. I water them for nourishment, secure them by putting them inside our house when there's...

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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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WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED

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

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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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DEVELOP ECOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS

The future is in our hands. Climate change isn't new, and treating it like taboo amongst the youth gives no sense of global citizenship. As a human on earth, we are obligated to give back to the land that's raised us. How can we prioritize solving cl...

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THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE ARE INTERCONNECTED

One of the most important lessons I have learned from my ancestors is to always take into consideration the past, the present, and the future. I want to pass it on to future generations because I want to remind them that while we have to live in the...

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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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STOP DEFORESTATION

We receive pure water and air from forests. They store carbon, aid in regulating the temperature, and support a wide variety of plants and animals. But today, forests are being lost and destroyed all over the globe. Forests are cut down for a variety...

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RECIPROCITY

I believe everything that is treated well will thrive and give you the same treatment. I’ve learned this from taking care of animals and plants....

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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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BUILD RESILIENCE

Southeast Asia has a lot of archipelagic areas that will sink in the future. From this point, don't just think about the big cities and harbours but also lands and places for native people. Many people will be displaced from home without knowing what...

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STUDENTS ORGANIZING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

What do students think about sustainability and education?  We asked just under 7000 students from around the world. Here are a few of the results from our survey Students, Sustainability and Education 2020: 92% agreed that sustainable development s...

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DRESSING IS A POLITICAL ACT

Dressing is a political act, our clothes tell a story. I come to talk about my concerns as a young Indigenous artist denouncing the absurd practices of deforestation in Brazil. I make fashion a space for reflection. What story do your clothes tell? &...

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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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WALK ON THE LAND WITH LIGHT STEPS

Walk on the land with light steps. When there is no space for the indigenous person on the land, there will be no space for any human being. Listen to the Original peoples, take care of the land as you would take care of your mother, do not take anyt...

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DON’T BE SELFISH. SCALE DOWN

Overfishing endangers food webs and ocean ecosystems by disrupting the balance of all sea life. How to fix it? Change our fishing method by catching fish with large populations. Today's version of large-scale agriculture drives deforestation that wor...

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