Calling for eco-peace: reimagining interconnected peace education

Ehrenzeller, C., & Patel, J. (2024). Calling for eco-peace: Reimagining interconnected peace education. Journal of Peace Education, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/17400201.2024.2350458

Abstract

In this critical co-constructed auto-ethnographic article we draw on research from two contexts, exploring how critical peace education can be more than palliative care in times of ecological collapse and profound crises across ecosystems. Examining the current crises of learning, living and being, we call for eco-peace-based education: grounded in interconnectedness and interdependence, as a way to transgress unsustainable violences on personal, interpersonal, and ecological levels. We focus on three main arguments that extend learning about nature, to learning with and in nature, towards regenerative approaches of learning, living, and being. Firstly, to move beyond the self-centered (ego) towards interconnected and Earth-centered (eco) epistemologies. Secondly, we explore concrete examples of alternative schools that learn from, in, and with nature through fostering innate care between students and Earth (in our own contexts, India and Germany). Thirdly, we reimagine possible futures of eco-peace-based approaches, and argue for a shift towards more peaceful and interconnected futures by integrating eco-peace principles, content, and pedagogies into current education systems.

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  1. Dr. Surya Nath Prasad

    Education for Environment and Peace is a discipline which studies man in relation with other animal species and species of plants and their interdependence. The concept of environmental education has the concept of peace, and similarly the concept of peace education contains also, inter alia, the concept of environment in its study. The natural resources of our planet–soil, forest, fresh waters, the seas–are the base of all agriculture and industry, and if we sustain that base, we can sustain development that leads to peace or it is peace itself. And the knowledge and information about all these resources and our action to preserve these natural resources and to prevent them from destruction that ultimately leading to peace is Education for Environment and Peace.
    “All these: food, water, and wildlife represent nature, the environment, and when we think of ‘environment’, we think of ‘peace’, which enables us to protect the nature, and assures the very survival of mankind i.e. peace”. To be enlightened more, one may refer to my Presidential Speech delivered in Turkey in 1997, the reference cited is below, its Brief is published in Transcend Media Service:

    Presidential Address
    Education for Environment and Peace
    (Brief)
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service
    https://www.transcend.org/tms/2015/11/edcation-for-environment-and-peace/
    ENVIRONMENT, 30 Nov 2015
    At the Euro-Asian Congress, Giresun, Turkey on 2 August 1997 (organized from 2-9 August 1997)
    Published by Lund University, Malmo, Sweden, April 1998
    Distributed by U. S. Department of Education (ERIC)
    Available in National Library of Australia to borrow

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