Let’s do this: Planet Protection 2019
The teacher council at DNS · The Necessary Teacher College is aware of the clear and present danger that global warming and climate change represents. Hurricanes, floods, fires and other serious calamities caused by the manmade climate crisis are devastating communities across our planet. The climate change crisis is already a deadly reality.
Furthermore, climate scientists have given us a stark warning that we have only twelve (12) years to reverse this disastrous path before irreversible damage to the planet will be done, possibly wiping out life as we know it.
Inexplicably to common sense, politicians are reluctant to take decisive action. Thus, the nature of globalised capitalism is stripped naked as unabashed greed rears its ugly head.
It is plain to see that we, the people, need to act. And we need to act now.
What kind of generation do we leave behind for the planet?
As teachers, we are not only concerned about what kind of planet we leave behind for the next generation. We are also acutely aware of the fact that we need to think about what kind of generation we leave behind for the planet. A generation driven by passion for all living things, who will not hesitate to act to protect the planet.
The time is now. Either you rebel, or you don’t. So, we choose to train rebels: People who choose to use their capacity for the benefit of all living beings on our planet and who dare to speak up, and do what they can in their community to create a positive impact.
In solidarity with all good forces
We support all initiatives which aim to mitigate climate change and protect our living planet.
We welcome Greta Thunberg’s call for school strikes on Fridays to demand decisive political action to stop the climate crisis. We support the call for #FridaysForFuture, where young people all over the world take action to demand positive change from their politicians.
So: Go Greta! Al Gore and António Guterres must have been so chuffed to meet you. Thank you so much for your no-nonsense speeches.
Water protectors at Standing Rock – we salute you.
Naomi Klein, John Bellamy Foster, Vandana Shiva, Günther Pauli and Johan Rockström – we read you.
SDG enthusiasts – we are with you.
At our college, we work specifically with goal #4, “Quality Education”, #13 “Climate Action” and #16 “Peace, Justice and strong institutions” – even though we study all of them.
Organic farmers, permaculture activists – we follow your lead. We’re not so good at it yet, but we’re getting better and better at growing our own vegetables.
David Attenborough and Yann Arthus-Bertrand – thank you for showing us the amazing beauty of our living planet.
Humana People to People in the North – we appreciate greatly your efforts to reuse/recycle second hand clothes to reduce the waste of valuable textiles for the benefit of the planet and your projects.
Humana People to People in the South – you are our sisters and brothers in arms when you train teachers who understand about climate mitigation for village schools in Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, DR Congo, Guinea Bissau and in India.
Legendary Tvindkraft wind turbine, dear neighbour and ever-present inspiration – we love you.
All other good planet defending people – we look forward to joining forces with you.
We wish you all a loud and proud 2019!
Let’s protect this planet. Let’s defend the only home we have, with all we’ve got.
the teachers at DNS