for a Life in Harmony with Nature
Learn more about GYBN's perspectives on education
We are living in a social-ecological crisis.
Societal values, principles and beliefs, influenced by historical and systemic inequalities, are driving our behaviors and shaping our economies, policies, institutions and practices in a unsustainable and unequal manner.
This is resulting in an unprecedented global social-ecological crisis of our own making—manifesting in, among others, widespread pollution, climate change, global pandemics, and loss of the biodiversity and cultural diversity underpinning our survival and well-being.
We believe education is a key way to address the root causes.
Education is a key enabler for change toward sustainability, and a powerful solution to address the environmental and social crises that society is currently facing.
Young people all over the world recognize the transformative potential of education in achieving a better future.
However, we also believe that current systems of education do not yet meet the needs for eliciting whole-of-society transformative change needed to live in harmony with nature.
We are therefore calling for transformative education.
Transformative Education has emerged as a core priority for young people in their vision for the future.
We call for a Transformative Education that fosters an active citizenry aware of their place in the web of life and their role in society, fully capable of stewarding society towards a sustainable, peaceful and equitable future in harmony with nature.
Such a transformative education must be:
• An education that holistically nurtures connectedness, reciprocity, and kinship to nature
• An accessible rights-based education that is respectful, inclusive, and celebrates diversity
• A lifelong education that fosters sustainable, respectful, responsible, proactive, and critical societies
• An education that is of high quality, actively supported, and holistic in its approaches
Find out more
GYBN has developed a policy brief that elaborates our community’s perspectives on transformative education and how we can make it a reality on the ground and through policy, including the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
Download our policy brief on Transformative Education below: