Webinar: “Education as if the Earth Mattered”

A conversation between David Orr, Sam Crowell and Mirian Vilela

22 October, 9:00 am (Costa Rica time) 11:00 am (EDT)  

We are living in turbulent times, the current global pandemic is making evident that our social and economic system have generated complex challenges, for which we need a different way of thinking and doing to find effective solutions. Education is key for the needed paradigm shift, but not any type of education. It is time to re-think education as a driver for a more caring, just and sustainable world.

In this webinar, speakers will share their perspectives on what is the purpose of education to the current times and about what is the type of education could enable a change of worldview to address our complex challenges of unsustainability.

The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kind

David Orr

David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College Emeritus. He is a well known environmentalist and is active in many areas of environmental studies, including environmental education and ecological design. He the author of many books including Earth in Mind and Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World.

Sam Crowell, professor emeritus of education at California State University San Bernardino and former director at the Center for Research in Integrative Learning and Teaching. He is a senior advisor to Earth Charter International and facilitator of the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development. Co-Author of Emergent Teaching: A Path of Creativity, Significance, and Transformationand Re-Enchantment of Learning: A Manual for Teacher Renewal and Classroom Transformation.

Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat and the Center for Education for Sustainable Development at UPEACE. Coordinator, Unesco Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter.