My friend Jen Mendez at PermieKids is working with Dr. Blumenkranz to develop rites of passage appropriate for children throughout their education. By changing the story, a theme often repeated in this space over the last several months, we can transform the future, but doing so doesn’t come easy. Though we are capable of incredible things we have to pause and reflect and observe to create a new cultural narrative. Education is our greatest potential resource to bring about that change because it provides us first with the tools for survival, and in turn can nourish the planet, ourselves, and each other so that we can live an abundant life and thrive.
The place that begins, ultimately, is with the future: the children of the world. As permaculture practitioners and educators we have a responsibility to help them craft the new stories they will live with for the rest of their lives and pass on to the next generation, but to do so means we have to get the stories right. The new stories must be a reflection of where we want to move the world, rather than reinforce where we have been and what we do now. That begins by taking what we’ve learned and blend the wisdom of traditional cultures with scientific understanding to help children to emerge into their communities and the world so they are fully-realized individuals who can care for Earth, themselves, and each other.
After you’ve watched this video, listen to the longer podcast at PermieKids.