A global perspective was introduced to Polish upper secondary school students in an interactive workshop – “Saving Spaceship Earth”. The content and methods can easily be adapted for all levels of participants and in other languages. The workshop plan and power-point presentation are available on this website. Future scenarios are explored to emphasize the urgency of taking ‘glocal’ action, of behaving as ‘global citizens’ or ‘glocal agents’ dedicated to sustaining a healthy planet.
Inter-disciplinary findings about human impact on the Spaceship and a sustainable future are not cheerful, so it is important to encourage a sense of agency in the minds of students. They really can become ‘glocal agents’ who can help heal the planet in a whole variety of ways to help to maintain a safe operating space (SOS) for the Spaceship’s passengers in coming generations. Every small step made for SOS by individuals and communities can both build hope and make a difference.
The natural idealism of young people when combined with a concern for their own future offers great potential once released. Following the workshop small group projects of problem-based learning were proposed to investigate specific issues and ‘glocal’ community action. On this website there are many easily accessible on-line resources to support such investigations, planning and action.