This book is dedicated to the teachers of the world: those connecting students to the living, breathing cycles of the Earth; those teaching character, life skills, and the ability to think critically and creatively about the future; and, most importantly, those teaching students to be bold leaders, who will defend and heal the Earth in the tumultuous centuries ahead.



With global environmental changes locked into our future, what we teach must evolve.

All education will need to be environmental education, but environmental education cannot focus solely on teaching everyone to live just a bit greener. Instead, it will need to both teach students to be bold sustainability leaders as well as equip them with the skills necessary to survive the turbulent century ahead.

EarthEd, with contributions from 63 authors, includes chapters on traditional environmental education topics, such as ecoliteracy, nature-based learning, and systems thinking, as well as expanding the conversation to new topics essential for Earth education, such as character education, social emotional learning, the importance of play, and comprehensive sex education.

Ultimately, only by boldly adapting education do we stand a chance in adapting to our rapidly changing planet.


For 40 years, opinion leaders have turned to the Worldwatch Institute for big-picture sustainability insight and multidisciplinary research. Through research and outreach that inspire action, Worldwatch works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs.


Erik Assadourian is the EarthEd Project Director and director of EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet. Erik is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute where he has studied sustainability education, cultural change, consumerism, degrowth, ecological ethics, corporate responsibility, religion, and sustainable communities over the past 15 years. He has directed five editions of State of the World, two editions of Vital Signs, one board game, and one reality TV show. Over those past 15 years, Erik has given scores of talks on a variety of sustainability topics.


For more information about the EarthEd book, the project, and to inquire about speaking opportunities, please contact eassadourian (at)