Hosted by Mirian Vilela, Earth Charter International’s Executive Director. This podcast seeks to generate some new insights and inspire informed action. Through these conversations, we aim to help interested people expand their understanding of the worldview that is articulated in the Earth Charter, the current challenges humanity faces, education for sustainability, new paradigms of education, and more.
Laura Chinchilla | Desafíos, oportunidades y la esperanza de la democracia en América Latina
34:03En este podcast, Laura Chinchilla ofrece un análisis sobre los desafíos y el deterioro de la democracia y la polarización en América Latina. Nos habla de la importancia de luchar por mantener los derechos civiles, de la transparencia y del liderazgo ético. Nos invita a considerar que hay que mantenerse firme en contra del populismo y la corrupción y trabajar en conjunto por el bien común, así como para mejorar el acceso a la justicia y garantizar la participación inclusiva en las discusiones políticas.
Rolf Winters | Reflections on Leadership, Learnings from the wisdom of Indigenous Peoples
40:05In this podcast, Rolf Winters shares some of his experience and learning from a five years journey with this family seeking to learn from indigenous people’s beliefs and values. This experience, visiting indigenous communities in different regions of the world, led to the development of the Down to Earth film which has the purpose to share the knowledge and worldviews of Indigenous leaders. “The film invites us to see the world through the eyes of the Earth Keepers. It takes us on an inner journey, re-connecting us with the source and the mutual path we are walking.” For Rolf, there is so much we could learn from the Indigenous people’s worldviews and ways of being, he indicates, a true leader is someone who “has the ability to create an energy field so that others can flourish”. Rolf dives deep into his family life, his business background and how his perspectives on life and death greatly changed from these experiences. This is an interesting and thoughtful podcast episode worth listening to!
Severn Cullis-Suzuki | Reflections on Intergenerational and Climate Justice and the learnings from the Indigenous worldviews
50:57“We are interconnected with nature, and with each other. What we do to the planet and its living creatures, we do to ourselves.” This is the phrase that opens this thoughtful and interesting podcast episode with Severn Cullis-Suzuki. She talks about intergenerational justice and its relation to climate change, her experience as part of the drafting commission of the Earth Charter, and her new role as Executive Director of the David Suzuki Foundation. She also looks back to the summit in Rio in 1992 and delivers a hopeful message of the hits (and misses) she has seen since then.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse | Living WITH Earth Rather Than ON Earth
1:02:40Tiokasin Ghosthorse begins this podcast by painting a picture of his childhood and experiences as an indigenous person growing up in the United States and being forced to ignore his own culture. He talks about how western education is very binary and restrictive, whereas non-western education (for lack of a better word) allows one to make choices and actually grow. He also mentions how indigenous cosmovision and spirituality can help us address the current challenges humanity faces, especially in regards to education and climate change. He help us see that Earth is always changing and moving…. but, we, the humans are the ones who need to change with the Earth, and this may only happen if we live with the Earth and on her rhythm and not on Earth. Tiokasin creates an insightful, thought-provoking atmosphere in this extremely interesting podcast interview.
Daniella Tilbury | The future of Higher Education and the hope for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
49:37In this episode Daniella Tilbury talks about her expertise and experience working in sustainable development and the importance of Education for Sustainable Development to be implemented in Higher Education. She shares various examples and thoughtful insights into the current state and perception of the role of higher education and the necessity to reframe these perspectives. She finally goes on to make direct connections with how the Earth Charter can be used in higher education and in ESD.
Bob Jickling | Bringing Environmental Ethics into Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
1:10:07In this episode Bob Jickling begins by painting a portrait of Yukon, Canada, and his experience living there and connecting with nature and his inner self. He then goes on to talk about his views of environmental ethics, and how he has made efforts to bring this topic into education with his students. He also shares some insights from the books he has written, co-authored or co-edited, the more recent one about environmental ethics, and makes connections with his findings and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This conversation with Bob delves into an insightful representation of our humanity, our relationship with nature, and the ethics behind it.
Namrata Sharma | Finding the linkages between Global Citizenship Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Value Creating Education
57:48In this episode, Namrata Sharma discusses the existing connections between Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCE). She talks about her work examining the underlying paradigms and perspectives of GCE and ESD, and how she situates her studies within the wide-ranging scholarship that challenges the overall western-view of GCE. She also mentions the books that she has written where she proposes value-creating GCE as a pedagogical approach that she has developed from a study of less widely known perspectives, especially focusing on important contributions that come from eastern thinkers. Sharma illustrates these ideas with the example of Soka University, an institution which she believes successfully fosters global citizens. Finally, she makes connections between GCE and The Earth Charter, and how this document is helpful and complimentary to creating global citizens through ESD.
Stephen Sterling | Transformative Learning and Education for Sustainable Development
1:06:33Quick Overview Dr. Sterling asks: What is education for, particularly in our context of crises? The education that is required when we are concerned about ensuring social, economic and ecological wellbeing now and into the future in conditions of uncertainty and risk is what Dr. Sterling defines as education for sustainable development (ESD). In fact, he ponders the possibility that we need education for sustainable contraction, rather than sustainable development, especially after the COVID-19 virus has led us to question the effects of rampant globalisation. Building resilient, healthy communities at the local level using digital means for international and global communication is his preferred scenario when envisioning the future of education.
Charles Hopkins | The Evolution of Education for a Sustainable Future
37:06Quick Overview Dr. Hopkins shares his experience in drafting Chapter 36 of Agenda 21 towards the 1992 Rio Summit. He shares a unique story, which reveals the significance of education towards a sustainable future. Such significance is renewed and exemplified in SDG4, which constitutes a crucial means of implementing all sixteen other goals. Mr. Hopkins points out that indigenous worldviews should not be neglected. Instead, we should engage them, learn about them, and find appropriate ways to incorporate them for quality education. Since education does not serve a single purpose, various “educations” are needed. Values and ethics that distinguish the human civilization – the core element in the common journey of Mr. Hopkins and the Earth Charter – should be passed on through education and for generations to live by.
David Orr | Education, Ecological Literacy and Awareness of our Natural Systems
57:39Quick Overview David Orr holds that the challenge for all educators is to bring young people to become aware of and appreciate the natural world so that they can discipline their lives to conform with how the world works as a natural system. We need to see ourselves as having a dual citizenship in our nature as well as our political system. Dr. Orr urges educators to adapt all curricula to sustainability. In turn, he has adapted the architecture of education to the pedagogy or learning of environmental sustainability. He stressed that sustainability is not just to be seen as an abstraction, but needs to be built into the place in which students learn about sustainability. Dr. Orr reviews offers additional advice based on the books he has written and edited. To conclude, Dr. Orr speaks about the Earth Charter, which he considers to be “the seminal document of our times”.