I recently contributed to a two-year European Union project to develop toolkits for secondary schools, designed to help students and teachers to ‘bridge the knowledge-action gap’ and think about sustainability in new ways.
Everyone knows the world’s in a mess, so why aren’t more people taking more action to save the planet? Maybe because it’s so easy to give up and feel that there’s nothing we can do, or that nothing we can do will make any difference. But the reality is that it’s not too late – and that every tiny action, every petition signed, every meat meal swapped for a vegan one, every plastic bottle recycled, every shower shortened really does make a difference. That’s why it’s so important for educators to focus on inspiring minds and touching hearts, not just telling the same old doom-and-gloom stories about the state of the planet… and even more important for them to stop lecturing and LISTEN to the young people themselves. Whoever said that the ‘youth of today’ don’t have any ideas has clearly never tried listening to them!
These toolkits are freely available for educators to download and use. If you do, please let me know how it goes! I’m willing to offer a free bar of delicious vegan chocolate for the first 3 people to reply with TRUE stories of what happened when they tried the toolkits out in schools – anywhere in the world 🙂