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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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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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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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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PUHON (SOMEDAY)

Puhon translates to “someday” or “in God’s time” in Bisaya, a language from the Philippines. This special expression brings hope and positivity, a glimpse of the possibilities of all that seem impossible, and the limitless dreams of young c...

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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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LIVE SIMPLY AND GENEROUSLY

Nature has taught me the value of living simply, generously, and in harmony with others. A seed can grow into a tree with merely water and sunlight. This tree spends its life providing shelter, shade, food, and air for others, such as squirrels and b...

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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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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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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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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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LEARN ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY

Climate education should be included in our curriculum today to change our attitudes and behaviors in order to respond to the global climate emergency. Environmental literacy would encourage people to become agents of change. Climate education will h...

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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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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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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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DON’T PAINT THE FACADE OF PROMISE, ACT NOW

When leaders make a decision, they need to address problems at their root cause rather than treat just the symptoms. Things are not as simple as saying "reduce, reuse, and recycle" or adding more renewable energy resources. Climate change, our econom...

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NATURE AND EDUCATION ARE CONNECTED

Nature and education should be intricately connected. Education is about living a good life, and it is nature that provides us with the bare necessities for our life. Hence, an education drifting away from nature seems to be of little value and r...

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THE POWER OF WORKING TOGETHER

"Berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing" means working together through tough and easy times. The obligation to preserve the environment is not only the responsibility of one or two people, but is a shared responsibility of everyone because we liv...

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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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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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