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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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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RESILIENCE

The global situation is testing the limits of the humanity’s resilience, one more time in history. In these moments we realize that we have the capacity to transform the world in a way that is more inclusive and in symbiosis with nature. The connec...

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We are guests on this planet

We are guests on this planet. We come, live for several decades, and then leave. We are supposed to leave the things the way they are for our next generation. We can enjoy and revel in this beauty but we are not supposed to change and destroy it....

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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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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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EVERYTHING ON EARTH HAS ITS OWN PURPOSE

Human ego tends to think of things in nature as being useful for us or useless in general. It’s a pretty incredible conceit. Truly observing nature teaches us that everything on Earth has its own purpose and we should value what each creature d...

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Teamwork

I admire bees so much that my desire is to become one of them — from their flight, which is a real enigma, to the funny way they buzz while filling their little bodies with pollen. But what I admire the most is that they form hives and carry out a...

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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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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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VULNERABLE LISTENING

Having grown up at the foothills of the Himalayas replete with litchi orchards, life has been full of encounters with inhabitants of the mountains, each one carrying a different shard of my ancestors. I speak with them — to the moths that would...

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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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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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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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NATURE DOES NOT HURRY

Nature does not hurry, but everything is accomplished....

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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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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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MONEY WON’T SAVE US

No matter how much money polluting industries have made, when wildfires consume the last forest, when the last city is flooded, when we are unable to produce any food and are severely dehydrated because of the extremely high heat and no water to drin...

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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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