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GreenHeart Education is a primer on transformative education for sustainability.
Here you'll find what you'll need in order to genuinely "green" ...
"We share one atmosphere, one climate system. It knows no borders. [...] Science shows that changes in the climate are widespread, rapid, and becoming more intense and affecting every part of the world. [...] It is now unequivocal that human influence is causing climate change, making extreme events more frequent and more severe. [...] Global warming of 1.5ºC and 2ºC will be exceeded during this century unless immediate, rapid, and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, especially of carbon dioxide and methane, occur in the nearest future."
— Hoesung Lee, Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, at COP26, 2021
If you're like me, you are feeling a sense of both foreboding and responsibility for your students and their future. Scientists report that we don't have many years left to transform our society to a renewable energy (zero-carbon) economy to avoid catastrophic climate change. What is our role as educators in creating this transformation?
If our students are going to contribute to the necessary societal transformation, they need to develop a deep bond with the rest of Nature, learn how life works on Earth, work together on creative solutions to environmental and other local and global problems, and become practitioners of sustainable development — at the appropriate grade and developmental levels. See Greening the Curriculum for a Green School Curriculum Map you can use."The Sixth Extinction is the next annihilation of vast numbers of species. It is happening now, and we, the human race, are its cause."
"We ... find ourselves continually trying to accommodate new realities within inappropriate existing institutions, and trying to think about those new realities in traditional but sometimes dangerously irrelevant terms." — Gwynne Dyer, Journalist and Author
You might be feeling more than a little scared about a future defined by global heating and climate chaos, dwindling resources, war and injustice. Or perhaps you have a sense that what you're teaching is no longer relevant in light of 21st century realities. I know the curriculum where I live and work still doesn't mandate environmental education or education for sustainability. The powers-that-be keep tinkering with the curriculum — tweaking it without transforming it. This does not fill me with hope!
If the all-too-real "doom and gloom" has you feeling down, start envisioning — and then try to find ways to work towards — a zero-carbon future of safer, cleaner, healthier, more peaceful, more equitable, and more beautiful renewable energy instead! Transformative education for sustainability can start with a simple change in our focus or context. What if everything we taught, we were to teach with the Earth, the future, and the children of all species in mind — and heart? See Transformative Tools for Sustainability Education.
"There is virtually nothing in the literature addressing appropriate ways to deal with the emotions associated with environmental degradation." — Elin Kelsey, PhD, Environmental Educator and Communicator
Again, if you're like me, you worry — in between the planning, the marking, the report cards and the little bit of time you have for yourself and your family — about what kind of world we're leaving for our students. If you have your own children, you're certainly concerned about them, and perhaps your grandchildren, as well. And what must our students be feeling these days?
Our students need to know that the adults who care about them are doing all they can to protect the natural environment and safeguard the future for them. But are we? These young people also need opportunities to take action, because action is our only hope. See Reasons for Greening Your Teaching.
You care about children, so your reaction to everything you've been hearing and learning about climate change and other dire global issues is natural, and heartfelt. Because you care about kids, you care about their future, and the future of their planet. And you don't want to stick your head in the sand.
If transformative education for sustainability resonates for you, it's probably because you don't want to teach for UNsustainability, which is our current default. But where to start?
Right here! You'll find ideas, answers, support — a kind of online professional development — for greening the heart of your teaching.
GreenHeart Education gives you a simple yet transformative model of education for sustainability, especially useful if you're just starting out on your greening journey, or doing it without the backing of your school community or educational jurisdiction.
Even if you're not a teacher but simply a member of the human family who wants to put sustainability into action, you'll find lots of beyond-the-usual ideas for greening your world and worldview, as well as support for advocating a transformation to sustainability-centered education.
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And if you have questions or concerns, or ideas you'd like to share, please contact us.
Though it wasn't called that way back then, I've been working at "greening the heart of education" and transformative education for sustainability for over 30 years. So if you care about the future of our species, our home planet, and the rest of life on Earth, we are kindred spirits.
Teaching for a healthy, green future — that's what education for sustainability is (I wish it was the purpose of all education!) — shouldn't be lonely and difficult, but it can be. Often, it takes courage and support to walk your own green path — to create your own gift to the future. GreenHeart will give you that support and encouragement.
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Two of my favourite kids in a field of mustard, near our Pizza Garden
(Thanks to Wendi for these beautiful photos
of some of my students.)
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