Category Archives: State of the World

Having Your Bit of Cake and Eating It Too?

Downsizing, the film by Alexander Payne, which follows Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) as he decides to shrink himself to 5 inches tall and moves to the downsized colony of Leisureland, had great promise as a conversation starter about sustainability, and in some ways it succeeded, but in many ways it reinforced the same myths society … Continue Reading ››

This is the New Training Ground for Climate Activists

Student organizers on college and university campuses have begun pushing—hard—for institutional endowments and other funds to be stripped clean of investments that support the fossil fuel industry. Today, a movement that began in the United States is finding global reach. The effort also has moved beyond higher education to challenge other institutions to consider their … Continue Reading ››

Why We Must Talk About Population

A Response to David Roberts’ Self-Censorship on Overpopulation
Reading David Roberts’ recent explanation of why he never writes on overpopulation, I felt compelled to reply. While Roberts made a set of superficially convincing arguments, ultimately he’s wrong not to focus directly on the population pressures we’re facing. Not confronting population head-on is like … Continue Reading ››

Talking with David Sobel about the Future of Nature Preschools

Yesterday I asked childhood and nature expert and author of Chapter 2 of EarthEd a series of questions about getting children into nature and particularly on the value and future of nature preschools. As a father of a 5-year old, getting myself and my son into nature frequently is paramount—as is developing his relationship … Continue Reading ››

Systems are everywhere…but what do we really know about them?   

Time for a pop-quiz: What do you know about systems? As an educator and parent, I regularly wonder how we can help young people thrive in this human-impacted era many now called the anthropocene. What do they need to learn—whether in school, on a farm, in a lab, or at the kitchen table? There are of … Continue Reading ››

EarthEd Webinar Video Now Online

Last week EarthEd project director Erik Assadourian, and report authors Melissa K. Nelson and Joslyn Rose Trivett joined Ed Saltzburg of the Security & Sustainability Forum to share the findings of EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet. Watch the full webinar below and learn the surprising links between sustainability education in prison populations and … Continue Reading ››

This is Where Illiterate Women Become Solar Technicians

Barefoot College is a not-for-profit, grassroots social enterprise that has been providing basic services and solutions to the challenges facing rural poor communities for more than forty years, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable, valuing and respecting the knowledge and wisdom that they already possess. The College was founded in 1972, and … Continue Reading ››

Q&A with Robert Engelman: The Birds, the Bees, and Sustainability

We asked Worldwatch researcher Robert Engelman, author of the “Our Bodies, Our Future: Expanding Comprehensive Sexuality Education” in Worldwatch’s EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, about what motivated him to explore sexuality education to move the next generation toward sustainability.

What motivated you to write your chapter on sexuality education for … Continue Reading ››

When Generations Come Together, Learning Goes Further

Vanessa Timmer explores how mixed-age learning fosters creative approaches to building a more sustainable world. This article is excerpted from EarthEd, the latest edition of State of the World which examines how,  education worldwide can help people better adapt to a rapidly changing planet.

Older people in the city of Volograd … Continue Reading ››