At least one story is always running through our heads. If someone cuts us off on the road, we may mutter, "Idiot!" – thus implying the perpetrator has particular characteristics and motives. If a group of hooded teenagers walks past us, we tense up – indicating fear around youths with particular characteristics. If we dig deeper, we uncover stories -- assumptions, beliefs, worldviews.
As education for sustainability practitioners, what stories are we telling ourselves? If we look at our behaviour first, this will indicate the narrative. What are we teaching our students? How are we behaving with our colleagues, family and friends? What is our underlying story about the future of humanity, climate change, environmental degradation, resource depletion and social (in)justice?
Do our actions imply that we think:
• humanity is doomed?
• catastrophe is inevitable for the vast majority of the population?
• technology will protect civilisation?
• everything is fine, nothing needs changing?
Are we acting quietly, cautiously (but calling it "strategically")? If so, what does this imply? That there is time?
Do our own actions imply that action on the above challenges is:
• needed urgently?
• important but not a priority?
• ineffective? misplaced?
Perhaps your own answers to these questions are too private to post in comments below. But have a think. I've had to face my own stories in the past few weeks and it's been radicalising.
Storytelling mother, 40, seeks others who believe it's urgent and that people are powerful enough to prevent catastrophe and to create flourishing communities worldwide... having zesty fun along the way. Be in touch.