Educate islanders

To begin we need to all be educated. It's difficult to make change when you don't understand what you are supposed to be changing. Educting islanders on the climate emergency and how to make a difference does not begin online or in the classroom, it begins in nature. Go out and smell the flowers, listen to the birds, watch the ocean, what you love and understand, you will no doubt want to nurture and save. When you are not outside learning from the source, then you can learn from an unlimited amount of resources online and and in books. A great place to start is with websites like Project Drawdown https://www.drawdown.org/about, a great podcast series and book by Lily Cole - Who Cares Wins, which puts a positive spin on climate change. Who knows what positivity you might learn and experience from the crisis we find ourselves in.

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This goes to the source of the problem, our lack of knowledge and understanding of the crisis, and our disconnection with nature. Once we understand and love these, we can then begin to help in any way possible, be it small changes or grand gestures.

by Benrobertson on February 05, 2021 at 03:40PM

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  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 05, 2021 at 17:42

    Fully agree. Older generations (myself included) were never taught anything about the effects of our lifestyle on the planet, nor about the things we can do individually and as a community to reduce those effects.

    We should definitely encourage children to get outside and appreciate the environment, in conjunction with teaching them why and how we should protect it. Ditch fronted adverbials and algebra and put the environment at the top of the curriculum - there's nothing more important.
  • Posted by Georgel February 07, 2021 at 13:53

    Agree that this is a fundamental step that will create enormous benefits, if we Are educated and have an understanding of our role in the climate and biodiversity crisis then we will be likely to act in a positive manner.
  • Posted by Letstalkclimate February 14, 2021 at 15:42

    As a teacher I can confirm that young people have been taught about the climate and environment for years. They spend time in forest school and learn to grow and appreciate nature as part of the curriculum. I’m afraid the problem generation is ours and not the next one. It is the 30-70 year olds in big cars, with big phones, buying many things, most of which they don’t need and replace or discard too easily. How do we get them out into nature and understanding our over-consumption of stuff?
    Advertising media is bombarding us with things we are made to think we have to do or to own in order to be seen to be OK. It’s going to take some serious psychology to overcome those needs. it’s starts with a simple question - do we really need it. If not, don’t buy it. Anything we don’t need is just landfill and environmental damage. (Feel bored already?) There’s more fun to be had in life than buying stuff.
    Creative groups might be fun. Innovative ideas for up cycling, recycling etc. Sponsor a prize. The Earth shot prize is an example - recognition of greatness in contributions.
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