CRITICAL THINKING

  • An important characteristic of ESD is critical thinking. This section will give participation to experts in different fields of ESD. Essays, articles, books... with Creative Commons Licence. Fresh and up-to-date news from a critical point of view. Shall we start? Agustín Bastida

                                              

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    SENSE in eTwinning Online Conference. 12.10. 2019
     

     

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    #FridaysforFuture

    School children are required to attend school. But with the worsening Climate Destruction this goal of going to school begins to be pointless. 
    - Why study for a future, which may not be there?
    - Why spend a lot of effort to become educated, when our governments are not listening to the educated?

     

     

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    Starr Forum lecture with Noam Chomsky on climate change.



    About Noam Chomsky:
    Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has worked since 1955, and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.

     

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    What are The Sustainable Development Goals and what have they got to do with Tourism? by Earth Changers

    Tourism, specifically mentioned in three SDGs (#8#12#14), actually has the potential to contribute, directly or indirectly, to all of the goals, in more ways than most industries. It’s one of the top GDP earners for countries, especially the Least Developed Countries of the world, it can reach into all corners of a country (not just in focused areas like extractive industries) and can offer great benefits to a country’s people at many levels.

    Protection of environments, species and cultural heritage, appreciation and understanding of the inherent values of different cultures and societies are just some of the positive impacts tourism can actually create when managed in the right way. As described by the UN World Tourism Organisation UNWTO,

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    Embedding sustainability into clinical medicine and medical education by Emily Farrow*

    Why it should and how it can be done

    How one healthcare body is introducing education on sustainable healthcare across the sector.

    Environmental change is an increasingly important determinant of health and of the ability of societies and healthcare services to respond to ill health. Climate change has been recognised as the “biggest global health threat of the 21st Century” (Costello et al. 2009). Its ef fects on health are predicted to be overwhelmingly negative, impacting on the social and environmental determinants of health (World Health Organization, 2017). Healthcare professionals have a duty to protect health and can do this by focusing on the four principles of sustainable clinical care: prevention, patient empowerment and self care, lean systems and low carbon alternatives.

    Dr Emily Farrow works as the Clinical Programme Deputy Director for the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and is a part-time general practitioner.

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    NGO. GAIA EDUCATION by Dr. Daniel Christian Wahl

    Since 2005, Gaia Education has successfully trained thousands of committed global-local change makers in 43 countries on 6 continents, moving beyond ecovillage design to supporting sustainable community development at village, town, city and regional scale. With over 80 partner organizations across the world Gaia Education’s courses have reached participants from 104 countries in only 11 years!

    After the Sustainable Development Goals were ratified by the United Nations in September last year, Gaia Education was invited to join the ‘UNESCO Global Action Programme’ to support the on-the-ground implementation of the SDGs through its diverse educational activities.

    Run by a small, decentralized global team, the charity offers design-centered education and trainings — both face-to-face and online. Its diverse programs are aimed at people of all ages who share the common wish to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. While most courses are vocational or life-long-learning offers, some also carry academic accreditation through partner institutions.

    The sustainable design framework behind Gaia Education’s broad range of programs is a curriculum organized into the four dimensions of sustainable community development. These are: social design, economic design, ecological design and worldview.

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    Soundscape by Murray Schafer

    The soundscape is the component of the acoustic environment that can be perceived by humans. There is a varied history of the use of soundscape depending on discipline - ranging from urban design to wildlife ecology. An important distinction is to separate soundscape from the broader term acoustic environment. The acoustic environment is the combination of all the acoustic resources within a given area - natural sounds and human-caused sounds – as modified by the environment.

    The term soundscape was first described by Canadian composer and environmentalist, R. Murray Schafer. According to this author there are three main elements of the soundscape:

    A soundscape is a sound or combination of sounds that forms or arises from an immersive environment. The study of soundscape is the subject of acoustic ecology. The idea of soundscape refers to both the natural acoustic environment, consisting of natural sounds, including animal vocalizations and, for instance, the sounds of weather and other natural elements; and environmental sounds created by humans, through musical compositionsound design, and other ordinary human activities including conversation, work, and sounds of mechanical origin resulting from use of industrial technology. Crucially, the term soundscape also includes the listener's perception of sounds heard as an environment: "how that environment is understood by those living within it" [1] and therefore mediates their relations. The disruption of these acoustic environments results in noise pollution (Source: Wikipedia).

    To know more about his work.....

    Go to  https://interfaz.cenart.gob.mx/video/conferencia-magistral-murray-schafer-paisaje-sonoro/?play=id_0000

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    This changes everything by Naomy Klein
    The award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) depicts climate change as more than an “issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. Climate change is also the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems.

    This speech was given at the 2014 Bioneers Annual Conference.

    Since 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges. 

    To experience talks like this, please join us at the Bioneers National Conference each October, and regional Bioneers Resilient Community Network gatherings held nationwide throughout the year.

    For more information on Bioneers, please visit http://www.bioneers.org and stay in touch via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Bioneers.org) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/bioneers).

     

     

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    NATURE IS SPEAKING

    We know that human beings are totally dependent on nature — and that by saving nature, we’re saving ourselves. 

     

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    PRINCE Ea

    Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American spoken word artist, poet, rapper and filmmaker. After graduating from the University of Missouri–St. Louis with a degree in Anthropology, he initially pursued a career as a hip hop artist. Inspired by artists like Immortal Technique and Canibus, he started and popularized the "Make S.M.A.R.T Cool" movement to promote values like intelligence, free thought, unity, and creativity in hip hop music and culture.

    In 2014, Prince Ea shifted his focus from music to creating motivational and inspirational spoken word films and content. His YouTube videos have received over half a billion views, and cover a wide range of topics such as environmentalismracework–life balance and spirituality. He credits his shift in perspective to the inspiration of ancient wisdom texts such as the Tao Te Ching and Bhagavad Gita.

     

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    Eco- Schools

    What is Eco-Schools? Run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). FEE promotes sustainable development through 5 environmental education programmes (Eco-Schools, Learning about Forests (LEAF), Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE), Green Key and Blue Flag International programme Aim: Encourage young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it.

     

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    The Slow Education movement believes in ...

    Promoting deep learning in the context of a broad curriculum that recognises the talents of all students.

    We believe the quality of the educational engagement between teacher and learner is more important than judging student ability by standardised tests.

    We support investment in education and in teaching as a profession as the essential moral foundation of society.

    Slow Education is an evidence-based initiative to make time in the classroom for creative teaching and learning.  Like the Slow Food movement, Slow Education is about process: we believe how children learn is as important as targets and tests.  By providing a range of rich and creative experiences, we can provide a healthier educational diet, where learning is deep and purposeful.

    We believe the desire to deliver results has superseded the broader, more humanist traditions of education. We accept the need for exams and qualifications, but it’s a question of degree. British children are now among the most heavily tested in the world:  yet the results are unreliable, it distorts teaching, and undermines the capacity of students to think independently and deal with the challenges of life today.

    http://sloweducation.co.uk/

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    Democratic Education

    Yaacov Hecht is an internationally distinguished leader and visionary in democratic education, learning theory, and societal change. In 1987, Hecht founded the Democratic School in Hadera, Israel, the first school in the world to call itself democratic. Due to the school’s success, Hecht helped to establish a net of democratic schools all over Israel. In 1993, he convened the first International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC); an annual conference that continues to connect educators, schools, and organizations. Shortly thereafter, Hecht founded the Institute for Democratic Education in Israel (IDE), which focuses on making change in the public schools system through democratic education principals. Within IDE, Hecht created an academic faculty for DE teachers. He served as the organization’s chairman from its beginning in 1995 until 2010. In 2005, “The Marker”—Israel’s largest economic magazine—named Hecht one of the 10 most influential people in the social and educational areas in Israel. Most recently, in 2010, Hecht co-founded “Education Cities-the Art of Collaborations,” an organization which focuses on turning educational systems into a central growth instrument for the cities in which they exist. Hecht continues to be a sought after speaker and consultant, and plays an essential role in the movement for democratic education in Israel and around the world. Videography by Josué McGrath Rosario y Taller Cepa de Nuestra Escuela. For more information visit nuestraescuela.orgIDEC2012.org, and YaacovHecht.com

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    The Transition Community Network

    These communities have started up projects in areas of food, transport, energy, education, housing, waste, arts etc. as small-scale local responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and shrinking supplies of cheap energy. Together, these small-scale responses make up something much bigger, and help show the way forward for governments, business and the rest of us.

    Really, it's the opposite of us sitting in our armchairs complaining about what's wrong, and instead, it's about getting up and doing something constructive about it alongside our neighbours and fellow townsfolk. And people tell us that as a result of being involved in their local "transition initiative", they're happier, their community feels more robust and they have made a lot of new friends.

    The video above is a brief introduction to Transition from Rob Hopkins, author of several books on Transition and co-founder of Transition Network and Transition Town Totnes.

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