If our best science suggests we are en route to systems collapse, why are collapse — and collapse avoidance — not the primary subjects of international political discourse? Why is the world community not engaged in vigorous debate of available initiatives and trans-national institutional mechanisms that could help restore equilibrium to the relationship between humans and the rest of nature? William Rees
Who are we?
Members of the ENIRDELM network (www.enirdelm.net) who are seeking to ‘make a difference’ by focusing educational leadership and practice on urgent contemporary realities and encouraging young people to make a ‘glocal’ impact for ‘a better more sustainable future’.
How did the CASE initiative start?
Participants in a workshop at the 22nd ENIRDELM conference in Portoroz, Slovenia in Sept 2013 responded to an invitation to move from theory to practice relating to the social reconstructionist view that schools and higher education institutions can make an impact on their local communities and promote ‘global consciousness’ and ‘world citizenship’ around the metaphor of “Spaceship Earth”.
What are we proposing?
That educational leaders (institutional leaders, teachers and their developers) promote community action by students in schools and higher education that will address the widespread passivity about urgent global problems that threaten the coming generation on our finite planet. (Around 2030 is one commonly predicted time for global system collapse, for example in the Club of Rome “Limits to Growth” scenario whose projections made in 1972 appear to be on track).
These global issues stem from the finite limits of the natural world that are rapidly being exceeded or approached by the impact of human activity driven by growth economic growth. The metaphor “Spaceship Earth” emphasises the finite nature of our planetary home whose capacity to support the well-being of the ‘crew’ and passengers (carrying capacity) is now being overshot.
The amazing developments in information and communications technology can be used to build and strengthen the networking of community action across the world by joining together various nuclei of innovations in educational leadership and practice.