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South to the open sea — Gotts Island, Maine — photograph by author

Yesterday at the American School of Madrid we had the final student presentations for #EngageASM.

Over 70 student groups presented solutions to problems within and beyond the school community.

In the closing ceremony, I told them they lived in times of unprecedented opportunities for anyone to effect change. I also told them they lived in times of unparalleled challenge.

Today, after Friday’s events in New Zealand and after the world-wide youth actions for climate action, it is critical for us as educators, as parents, as adults, to consider where we stand and how our actions speak.

Today of all days we might do well to remember words written in 1624 by poet and philosopher John Donne.

-Maybe the word “man” is overused for our times, but look past that to hear the poet speak to all of us today. -

#environment #education #learning #humanecology #SchoolStrike4Climate #fridaysforfuture

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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