You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you will join us, and the world will be as one.
John Lennon, “Imagine”
Dear Gaia Education friends,
Last year I had the great honor of visiting the As One Community in Suzuka City, Japan. Among the many things that impressed me about their work in an urban setting was the unique school they have created, based on their ScienZ+0 philosophy. In a nutshell, the school is dedicated to researching the questions “what does it mean to be a human being on this Earth?” And “what are we put here for?”
I was left with my own existential questions, especially as we routinely come face to face with the forces of overpopulation, mass extinction of ancient species, climate change, social inequalities, and pollution everywhere. It reminded me of words uttered by Winston Churchill in the midsts of WWII: “In casting up this dread balance sheet and contemplating our dangers with a disillusioned eye, I see great reason for intense vigilance and exertion, but none whatever for panic and despair.” True then, and true now.
Gaia Education’s 4D curriculum urges against the common view that these are the end times as we know them. Yes, present conditions do give us pause, and can be seen as frightening and likely to get worse yet, but we can also see the forces of an eventual breakthrough, even noting that environmental recovery is starting to gather unprecedented strength everywhere. Particularly in cities like Susuka, Japan.
Consider that by the end of this century 90% of humans are projected to live in urban areas.
This transformation implies a changing worldview, where urbanization is seen as the biggest driver of environmental progress, reduction of per capita energy consumption, reduced birth rates, and the reopening of old habitat in abandoned rural areas to wildlife.
Back to the As One Community question: what does it mean to be a human being on this Earth?
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