If solutions within this system are so difficult to find then maybe we should change the system itself (Thunberg, 2018).
When the climate strikes began, I reacted as a researcher whose scholarship is in sustainability as a social movement, and layered upon it a more recent philosophical anchoring in neo-pragmatist theories of human action. Together these are perhaps more popularly considered as transformational learning. I saw the climate strikes as one element of what I think of as a global social movement of sustainability. The strikes were kind of disruption that challenges daily habits and facilitates learning. Students were literally being given permission to leave school in order to learn. This is in itself an important disruption of notions of where one can learn and what value alternative kinds of learning.
Rob VanWynsberghe PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Rob’s longstanding interest in questions of individual and collective action has been recently brought to the fore in two new programs; one is an Education for Sustainability teacher education cohort and the other a Masters in Education program in Education for Sustainability.
Mia Meekyoung Jeung had worked as an elementary school teacher in Seoul, Korea. She is majoring in Education for Sustainability, at UBC.