Education is a critical aspect of the increasingly urgent fight against climate change.
At Greater Good Solar we help give students the tools to make complex decisions, connecting economic prosperity, societal health, and environmental sustainability to be positive change-makers in their communities
The current gap in environmental education
Global Climate Change is possibly the most critical challenge of our time, and while we have made progress in our movement to a greener, more sustainable planet, there is still a large gap between our needed reduction in emissions and our current actions and pledges. Closing that emissions gap can only be achieved if we close a similarly large gap between our scientific and societal understanding of environmental knowledge. Climate Change is the most pressing issue of our time, and the next generation will be the ones who need to combat its repercussions. Greater Good Solar helps provide the necessary professional development and hands on classroom activities for teachers to pass on the knowledge and tools for students to succeed in this endeavor
Health and Wellness
Our physical, environmental, and mental health are inextricably linked. Mental well-being is the foundation upon which we build the capacity to productively and constructively engage with society. As we move into a more digital, urban, and technologically connected age, it is critical for young people to have the skills to be mindfully cultivate their wellbeing and develop the tools with which to manage their health. The practice of mindfulness has been adopted in schools across the world and has proven to increase emotional regulation, calmness, attention, compassion and stress management both in and out of the classroom. By giving students the tools to be good stewards of their own wellbeing, they develop the capacity to be good stewards of the world around them
Finally, teaching students to engage with their communities and their democracy at large is critical to developing informed, active members of society who are able to tackle not just the issue of environmental sustainability, but also issues at the intersection of environmental justice, social justice and economic prosperity.