A case study and reflection by K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar, EWC Innovation Fellow 2020–21

The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats to the existence of all lifeforms, including us. It is time to reconfigure our education systems with nature, conservation, and sustainability as the critical pillars of learning. With…

ʻōhiʻa lehua flowers in Big Island, Hawaii. Photo by: K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar

A short film begins with a live orchestra. Water colour illustration. Lush mountains. Cascading waterfall. The smallest of the Hawaiian honeyeaters, Kauaʻi ʻōʻō, gets out from its roost. With rich golden yellow, black and grey feathers, he hops, jumps and forages in the woods. The ō’ō meets a female bird…

There is no ‘one right way’ to approach the Principal of a school in India to conduct an awareness session on nature and conservation. It varies depending on the kind of program and your personality type. But, here are seven pointers to keep in mind.

These are the ones that…

Praveen stood perplexed.

“Sir, neenga andha YFC dhanae?” (Sir, you are that YFC, right?)

I said, “Yes” He then asked a point blank question,

“Why are you here?”

Having explained my ‘Why?’, I requested if he can spend 20-minutes with me for a conversation. “He said,

“Questions lam vendam. Namma…

Why are some eco-clubs active? What makes them tick? What do students like in them, and what don’t they like? Why do some schools put effort in keeping an eco-club active?

While living these questions, few students shared their experience of a service learning study to Lombok in Indonesia where…

Finding the challenges that parents face to connect students with nature wouldn’t need a big study. Many of us know what they are. But, listening to them opens space for dialogue, for sharing stories.

Such conversations might lead to new ways of citizen participation for nature education in schools. The…

K Ramnath Chandrasekhar

Conservation Educator by passion. Documentary Filmmaker by training. Photographer by meditation. www.ramnathshekar.com

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