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Hosted by Mirian Vilela, Earth Charter International’s Executive Director.

This podcast seeks to generate some new insights and inspire informed action. Through these conversations, we aim to help interested people expand their understanding of the worldview that is articulated in the Earth Charter, the current challenges humanity faces, education for sustainability, new paradigms of education, and more.

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Hosted by Mirian Vilela, Earth Charter International’s Executive Director.

This podcast seeks to generate some new insights and inspire informed action. Through these conversations, we aim to help interested people expand their understanding of the worldview that is articulated in the Earth Charter, the current challenges humanity faces, education for sustainability, new paradigms of education, and more.

    Stephen Sterling | Transformative Learning and Education for Sustainable Development

    Stephen Sterling | Transformative Learning and Education for Sustainable Development

    Quick Overview

    Dr. Sterling asks: What is education for, particularly in our context of crises? The education that is required when we are concerned about ensuring social, economic and ecological wellbeing now and into the future in conditions of uncertainty and risk is what Dr. Sterling defines as education for sustainable development (ESD). In fact, he ponders the possibility that we need education for sustainable contraction, rather than sustainable development, especially after the COVID-19 virus has led us to question the effects of rampant globalisation. Building resilient, healthy communities at the local level using digital means for international and global communication is his preferred scenario when envisioning the future of education.

    • 1 tim. 6 min
    Charles Hopkins | The Evolution of Education for a Sustainable Future

    Charles Hopkins | The Evolution of Education for a Sustainable Future

    Quick Overview

    Dr. Hopkins shares his experience in drafting Chapter 36 of Agenda 21 towards the 1992 Rio Summit. He shares a unique story, which reveals the significance of education towards a sustainable future. Such significance is renewed and exemplified in SDG4, which constitutes a crucial means of implementing all sixteen other goals. Mr. Hopkins points out that indigenous worldviews should not be neglected. Instead, we should engage them, learn about them, and find appropriate ways to incorporate them for quality education. Since education does not serve a single purpose, various “educations” are needed. Values and ethics that distinguish the human civilization – the core element in the common journey of Mr. Hopkins and the Earth Charter – should be passed on through education and for generations to live by.

    • 37 min
    David Orr | Education, Ecological Literacy and Awareness of our Natural Systems

    David Orr | Education, Ecological Literacy and Awareness of our Natural Systems

    Quick Overview

    David Orr holds that the challenge for all educators is to bring young people to become aware of and appreciate the natural world so that they can discipline their lives to conform with how the world works as a natural system. We need to see ourselves as having a dual citizenship in our nature as well as our political system. Dr. Orr urges educators to adapt all curricula to sustainability. In turn, he has adapted the architecture of education to the pedagogy or learning of environmental sustainability. He stressed that sustainability is not just to be seen as an abstraction, but needs to be built into the place in which students learn about sustainability. Dr. Orr reviews offers additional advice based on the books he has written and edited. To conclude, Dr. Orr speaks about the Earth Charter, which he considers to be “the seminal document of our times”.

    • 57 min
    Lorna Down | Education for Sustainable Development, Literature, and Critical Thinking

    Lorna Down | Education for Sustainable Development, Literature, and Critical Thinking

    Quick Overview

    Dr. Down shares her career development as an educator, and describes her most impactful experience that made her reorient her work towards education for sustainable development (ESD). Dr. Down shares that ESD aims to have the students understand the concept of sustainable development, see the possibility of a sustainable society, be aware of the sustainability issues within and outside their own communities, ask questions, and take action towards sustainability. It does so considering the importance of critical thinking and project-based learning. Dr. Down asserts that ESD should not only be infused to every discipline, but cross-discipline infusion is also necessary, thus breaking the silos. With regards to “Envisioning the Futures of Education,” Dr. Down calls for a stronger link to communities, and more emphasis on faith, hope and values.

    • 58 min
    Rosalyn McKeown-Ice | Education for Sustainable Development and the Futures of Education

    Rosalyn McKeown-Ice | Education for Sustainable Development and the Futures of Education

    Quick Overview

    Dr. McKeown-Ice has been one of the pioneers in education for sustainable development (ESD), and her understanding of ESD has evolved with the times. In today’s world, ESD has become part of educating for a more uncertain future; it includes educating for agency, adaptive competence and compassionate systems. The demonstration of ESD producing outcomes that characterise quality education, plus the examples and tools offered by Dr. McKeown-Ice, shall encourage teachers of any discipline to incorporate sustainability to their own teaching. What is also inspiring, and admirable, is how Dr. McKeown-Ice applies the Earth Charter in education on both macro and micro levels. Envisioning the future of education, she calls for attention to contextual variability, technological impact, and compassionate systems thinking.

    • 1 tim. 7 min
    Mark Hathaway | Worldviews, Ecological Perception and the Earth Charter

    Mark Hathaway | Worldviews, Ecological Perception and the Earth Charter

    Quick Overview
    Dr. Hathaway believes that the major challenges currently faced by humanity come down to the crisis of relationships, which refers to how individuals are related to other human beings, other species, and the planet. Far too often, we perceive the world as an object for our personal use, whereas our happiness lies in interconnectivity. Dr. Hathaway’s elaboration on ecological perception provides guidance for us to connect with nature through experience. The key factors include gratitude, awe, attention, imagination, and interaction. On ethics, Dr. Hathaway points out that with respect and care at its core, the Earth Charter has, as much as a document can, communicated both the experience of the world and what ethics means in practical terms.

    • 43 min

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