What early readers are saying about EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet


“In our shared time on Earth, we must create a new Earth Education. We must help future generations learn the skills necessary to survive the rapid changes ahead, including moral leadership and conflict resolution — but also engender a deep connection with other species, as well as our own. This book, and the Earth Education it defines and illuminates, points us toward that new path.”

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, and Vitamin N


“Perilous times call for smart, hopeful, and vital education, grounded in deep understanding of how the world works and our place in it. EarthEd is a reason to take heart, reminding us that we can learn from educators around the world who are drawing from traditional wisdom, new discoveries about learning, and innovative strategies to prepare and inspire students to become effective actors in our changing world.”

Zenobia Barlow, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Ecoliteracy


EarthEd is a welcome and urgently needed addition to the education of children. With their entire futures at risk from our current path, youth will benefit greatly from the wisdom and perspectives in these essays. Adults are often reluctant to change their lifestyles, but when their children see the world through the lenses of environmentalism and ask parents to protect their futures, that can galvanize change.”

David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster


Never has the classic State of the World series been so critical as it is today. The 2016 U.S. elections clearly demonstrated how broken educational systems are with regard to the existential threats faced by civilization. State of the World 2017: EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet provides guidance on how that disaster might be avoided in the future – a textbook for all educators and those wishing to fix the system.”

Paul R. Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University


“The strength of EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, is the timeliness of its topic and the appeal of up-to-date scholarship and thinking coupled with the pedagogical implications and best practice applications. It provides numerous, diverse, and exciting models of learning rooted in Indigenous ways of knowing, in learning from and in nature, in innovative collaborations between schools and governments, and in programs designed to make goals of sustainable development tangible and meaningful.”

Thomas Walker, Director of the Environmental Studies Master’s Program, Goucher College


This book examines how we can rethink education to foster students’ natural development of their best selves—to allow them to play, to let them connect with nature, to encourage creativity through the arts, and to engage with issues through meaningful “real world” experiences. The good news is that these steps are achievable in schools. And the more individual educators do them, the more chance we collectively have of helping shift education to prepare students for the realities of the future they face. Though it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the challenges facing our planet, this volume provides actionable, viable, and satisfying shifts we can make in the education of the next generation of leaders.”

Buffy Cushman-Patz, Founder and School Leader of SEEQS: the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability


“The timing and theme of EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet is critically important to all of humanity. The planet’s survival rests on works such as this to inspire a new generation of educators to help students navigate the pathways towards a just and sustainable future.”

Lee F. Ball Jr., University Sustainability Director, Appalachian State University