Immersion in Nature
As a species, it is imperative that we reconnect with the natural world in order to sustain all life on it. By regularly immersing our children in nature from an early age instead of keeping them cooped up in classrooms all day, they will forge a strong bond with the earth and its inhabitants. It is important for children to learn about nature by connecting on a physical level with nature, rather than having them learn about nature through textbooks and computers.
Teaching Life Skills
Real practical life skills will be a key component of a new education system. Children will learn how to grow their own food, cultivate their own permaculture garden, collect their own rainwater, build their own weatherproof home using sustainable means, and any other life skills that give them full autonomy over their own lives. When we teach these children how to be self-sustainable, we also empower them to be self-governing and not reliant on any system.
Health & Wellbeing
Students will learn how to maintain their overall health & wellbeing through healthy eating habits, regular exercise, mindfulness and positive relationships. Schools will address the health benefits of eating natural wholefoods, and school cafeterias will provide nutrient-rich lunches. Unhealthy foods will not be served in schools, so if children wish to eat sugary and fatty foods, they must be brought from home. Children will learn strategies to better understand and deal with the issues of mental illness, addiction, disability & eating disorders.
Students must learn about biodegradable materials. Biodegradability must be taught as part of Sustainability Education. Children need to learn the impacts of non-biodegradable waste on our environment, and schools should encourage the use of biodegradable plastic in everyday life. Staff should embrace biodegradable practices in the functioning of their own schools.
Students will be exposed to all kinds of renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind, geothermal, wave, tidal, and more. They will explore the impacts that oil, coal, natural gas, coal seam gas and nuclear power have on our environment, and the desperate need to move on from fossil fuels in order to sustain our planet and our species. Children will be empowered to become problem-solvers with regard to the natural crises facing our planet.