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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Lessons from Nature: innovation towards teaching & learning for a green economy and society

What would it be like if we no longer needed to worry about where the energy we need comes from? Or ugly waste dumps were a thing of the past, food insecurity did not exist and communities were resilient to changes in global markets? Rather than imagining the answers to such questions, Lessons from Nature (LfN) inspires with real steps to make this a reality.

Nature is the source of inspiration for learning. Learners are connected with nature and discover that nature can be a mentor that offers insights that can inspire the building of a brighter future. Discovery learning, activity based learning and Learning Outside the Classroom can be utilised to foster inspiration and to stimulate a desire for understanding.

Using insights from nature to inspire and build a brighter future

The way Lessons from Nature (LfN) works is simple, we want young people to be inspired and excited about their future, the possibilities it holds and the role they will play in it. We believe the future can and should be bright for all young people. This does not mean the future will be the same as today; change is the only constant. Communities will need to learn how to redesign themselves to combat some serious environmental and social issues; and business will need to learn how to develop economics in a natural resource constrained world. LfN provides the tools for a hopeful future.

LfN asks what sort of future young people would like to live in and how this preferred future can be made reality. It challenges traditional assumptions about how things are made, economies managed and lives lived. The project is not about individuals feeling guilty or doing less harm and delaying a point of crisis; instead it is about re-thinking the future. It attempts to present a more hopeful and realistic way for young people to achieve the sort of future they want. After all it will be their future.

LfN presents opportunities to learn through first-hand experience helping to inspire discovery and foster real understanding in relation to insights from nature that can be applied to the modern world. In undertaking the LfN activities, young people will develop a wide range of competencies for the jobs of the future. These include creativity, critical thinking, evaluation and reflection, sharingand entrepreneurship.

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Download teachering resources:

Teacher Guide

Introductory module

Waste=food module

Diveristy gives strength module

Multiple benefits module

Visit the project website for worksheets and help with assessment, plus lots of other support.