Earthducation is an adventure-learning program developed in response to a challenge by the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014) to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.
The Earthducation team is traveling to climate hot spots on seven continents in search of local answers to two fundamental questions: “What is education?” and “How can education advance sustainability?”
The team will gather insights from people during each expedition and share them via an online community called the EnviroNetwork. Visitors to the EnviroNetwork will be invited to share their own stories as well.
During each expedition, the Earthducation website will provide updates, photos, and video feeds from the field. A key outcome of this project will be the creation of a global narrative of collective beliefs on education and environment that can serve as a foundation for embedding sustainability in learning at all levels in all cultures.
Year 1 Progress Report (January 2012)
In 2011, the team traveled to two starkly different places: the impoverished, educationally struggling and resource-starved nation of Burkina Faso, and the wealthy, highly-educated and resource-rich country of Norway. During their travels, team members interviewed more than 70 individuals about their beliefs and experiences related to education and sustainability. They also received more than 100 video posts from teachers, students and others in the Environetwork. With this information and an abundance of photos, video and audio files documenting local culture, the team is creating a rich educational resource for teachers and others to explore beliefs about education and how it affects sustainable development. Information on future expeditions can be found on the Earthducation website.