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Designing with Deep Respect: Deep Ecology in a Karen Village

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Article Series: Ecological Design for Sustainable and Regenerative Futures. Read about the series below.

by Omsunisa Jamwiset — Wongsanit Ashram, Thailand

Omsunisa Jamwiset, from Wongsanit Ashram in Thailand, provides an ethnographic account of life in Soblan village of the Karen hilltribe on the Thai-Burmese border. The Karen have developed life ways deeply integrated with the forest ecology of their home. Omsunisa describes how the villagers of Soblan have developed daily life patterns f…

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Rewilding the Fertile Crescent, the concept and practice and what happened during the first week of the Farsi EDE

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Gaia Education Certified Trainer Pupak Haghighi recounts the story of the first EDE in Iran within the context of the emerging call for rewilding the Fertile Crescent.

By Pupak Haghighi

The word ‘rewilding’ has been increasingly gaining popularity in the Western World over the last two decades. Hidden in the story of rewilding, though is a world of devastation. Perhaps we don’t need to linger on why we need to rewild the Fertile Crescent. Let us turn our attention instead to why we choose to s…

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The seeds of Gaia Youth and Schools are sprouting

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The Gaia Education Schools and Youth programme is vibrantly emerging with exciting initiatives birthing in Brazil, Estonia, India, Mallorca and Holland.  

At the end of the summer, representatives from the Youth and School projects gathered in Estonia firstly to share and learn and secondly to take steps towards developing a certified youth curriculum. Highlights of this gathering were visiting the Gaia Kool (school) in Tallinn where children are learning through a curriculum based on the 4…

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Gaia Jovem: harnessing the power and vitality of youth

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Gaia Jovem is the pilot project for implementing the Gaia Education pedagogy with youth in Brazil.

By Aline Satyan, facilitator of Gaia Jovem Brazil |

In the transition from mere ‘sustainability’ to a ‘regenerative culture’ perspective, youth is a key factor. The future is for them and we, as facilitators, need to be led and directed by the inspirations and drivers of young people of the world.

The Gaia Jovem project emerged from the Ecovillage Design Education programme…

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Whole Systems Approach to Ecological Design

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Excerpt from the Ecological Design dimension of Gaia Education’s online course in ‘Design for Sustainability

Before looking at applied and tested solutions in the areas of energy, food, water, and building, it is essential to explore and understand a whole systems framework for design that reminds us to link products, to buildings, to communities, industrial systems, cities, bioregions and into national and global collaboration. Design for sustainability is about creating synergies between…

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“Civilization 2.0”

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Article Series: Ecological Design for Sustainable and Regenerative Futures. Read about the series below.

By Albert Bates |

Suppose everyone in the world planted one tree every day. How long would it take to restore the carbon balance? My co-workers and I at the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology have done this calculation a number of different ways. The simple answer is that if everyone in the world planted one tree each day, by the end of the second year, the sequestered …

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Join our team!

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We are hiring! Send in your application before 30 November to join our growing Edinburgh team or by the 10th December to join our global team.

Check out our vacancies page! We have two new positions advertised and are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team.

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UNESCO launches mid-term report: “Education for Sustainable Development: Partners in Action”

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The Global Action Programme mid-term report has been developed and is now available online.

UNESCO launched today the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development mid-term report, entitled “Education for Sustainable Development: Partners in Action”.

It includes infographics illustrating key achievements at the halfway mark of the GAP, based on GAP 90 Key Partners’ contributions.

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a concr…

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The School Garden

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Sewing the Sustainable Development Goals into the grounds of Education. Exploring the benefits that can be unleashed when a school garden combines with the classroom, a non negotiable way to imbibe the fundamental underpinning of all the SDGs into education.

By Jacqueline Fletcher

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals aim to end poverty, food insecurity, inequality, prejudice, exclusion and environmental degradation while fostering among all humans the belief in global citizen…

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Funding granted by Scottish Government to Youth-led Regenerative Farming and Income Generation project in Zambia

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Our students create transformational change around the world. Join the next round of the Gaia Education Design for Sustainability online courses.

By Giovanni Ciarlo

I am often asked: who takes the Gaia Education courses? Where do they come from? And, what can they do with the learning?

The answers actually amaze me, and they should also impress anyone looking for new skills and ways of thinking globally while acting locally.

In the 2016-17 online Gaia Education Design for Sustainability …

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