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Turn it around! flashcards for education futures

July 30, 2021

Why?

Climate disruption, loss of biodiversity, overuse of earth’s resources, and ecological collapse threaten all life on earth. But there is much we can do to turn it around and address the root causes of the climate crisis. Education is an important part of the solution, but education itself must undergo a radical transformation to esnure more sustainable and ecologically just futures.

As leaders from across the world meet for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) and UNESCO launches its Future of Education report, we have a critical opportunity to mobilize forces – from national governments to intergovernmental agencies, from scientists to artists, from youth to the broader public – to address irreversible damage of the climate crisis by redefining what it means to be human and reconfiguring relations between human and earth.

What?

Turn it Around! Flashcards for Education Futures is a learning tool for adults, made by youth, to reimagine our approach to education, and our relationship with nature and the living world during this time of climate crisis. We invite youth to contribute artwork for a deck of flashcards, which will display climate crisis inspired artwork created by youth on one side, and motives, actions, and facts for policy makers to guide their decision making, on the other side. Unlike the traditional unidirectional way of using flashcards – designed by adults for children – this deck of flashcards will be designed by youth for education policymakers, politicians, and educators. By reversing the learning flow and dynamics, this project is a reminder that everyone – and everything – must change.

How?

Submit your thoughts, visions, dreams and artwork! Your submission will help to envision an education for a just transition to a more sustainable world. Select submissions will be gathered into a global collection of Flashcards for Education Futures and introduced to policymakers at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) and the launch of UNESCO’s Future of Education report.

Deadline for submission is Friday, July 30.

Submission Form

For more information, visit turnitaroundcards.org.