Montessori Educational Paradigm as a Critical Tool to Confront Climate Crisis
It is 52 years ago today since the first Earth Day was held on 22 April 1970, marking the start of the ‘modern’ environmental movement.
You may recall that, at the United Nations climate change conference in Paris, COP 21, governments agreed that mobilising stronger and more ambitious climate action was urgently required to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and that action must come from governments, cities, regions, businesses and investors. In his landmark speech at Columbia University in December 2021, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said:
The state of the planet is broken
Humanity is waging war on nature.
Nature always strikes back – and it is already doing so with growing force and fury.
The fallout of the assault on our planet is impeding our efforts to eliminate poverty and imperiling food security.
And it is making our work for peace even more difficult, as the disruptions drive instability, displacement and conflict.
The Earth Day 2022 theme is #InvestInOurPlanet. But how can we, as Montessori Educators, invest in our planet?
The Montessori educational paradigm is more relevant than ever: an approach in which systems thinking and problem-solving are integrated with science, politics, history, social action, economics, ecology, and governance and the human responsibility to understand our unique cosmic task, the role we can take to create a more just and sustainable world. As educators, we need to be informed and stay informed and explore with our students what every one of us can do.
Judith Cunningham, Vice President of Montessori Europe and Founder of Montessori Model United Nations, joined us at a webinar in which she explored with us how Montessori Education is a key enabler and an integral part of creating a just and sustainable world for all. Her slides are available here.
Montessori gave us the tools to confront Climate Change. Interested?
Resources to Inspire You
- Climate Reality Project by Al Gore
- UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development
- Climate change education for social transformation: Webinar series
- Teach Climate Justice Campaign – Zinn Education Project
- 101 WAYS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
- 50 Examples of Climate Privilege to Show People Who Still Don’t Get It
- Ecological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence
- Climate Disinformation
- Climate Generation
- Climate Change is Racist: Race, Privilege and the Struggle for Climate Justice by Jeremy Williams
- 10 Inspiring Young Climate Activists
By Dr Montessori
- Citizen of the World
- Education for Peace
- From Childhood to Adolescence