Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Second Climate Crisis

Like the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup...It's two great tastes that taste great together.

That's how I feel about my latest new "dual find," which (much like a Reese's Cup), I found together.  In looking for Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk "Bring on the Learning Revolution," I found it mentioned/linked on the website Ecology of Education.

Sir Ken starts right in at about a minute, dozen seconds with this quote, which marries the heart of Green Team Gazette:
"Al Gore spoke at the TED conference I spoke at 4 years ago and talked about the climate change...You see, he's right.  I mean, there is a major climate crisis, obviously, and I think if people don't believe it, they should get out more.  But I believe there's a second climate crisis, which is as severe which has the same origins, and that we have to deal with with the same urgency....But this is a crisis of, not natural resources -- though I believe that's true -- but a crisis of human sources....Very many people go through their whole lives having no real sense of what their talents may be, or if they have any to speak of."  ~ Sir Ken Robinson                                                            
With humor, he jokes that perhaps one climate crisis might be enough for us, but too bad, both are here to deal with.

Sir Ken (a creativity expert) continues on with the commentary that unfortunately it is education that might be central to this crisis in that it is the item that essentially "dislocates many people from their natural talents.  And  human resources are like natural resources; they're often buried deep.  You have to go looking for them, they're not just lying around on the surface....Life is not linear; it is organic."

Even worse, he while he ties it in with Jamie Oliver's "Food Revolution," he goes on to explain that the standardization of education is like a "fast food model of education, and it's impoverishing our spirit and our energy as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies." 

Just as most TED talks can do, there's a lot packed in this 20 minutes or so to make you think!

Equally it any wonder that I found it highlighted on Jason Flom's Ecology of Education? "Eco of Ed" is a multi-author blog that focuses not only on educational issues, but serves as a voice to open up the dialogue of educational trends, perspectives, and visions for all edu-minded individuals.  Another wonderful warehouse of engaging ideas, and a perfect TED companion.

Yep...two great tastes that taste great together...and a lot of good "food for thought" for the summer months ahead!!

Video from;  Reese's photo from'S-Peanut-Butter-Cups

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