School of the Earth combines ecotourism with save the Earth education
Aspens at Wellwood Center, one of the places on Planet Earth worth saving
Aspens along a trail at Wellwood Center, Alaska
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The human endeavor on Planet Earth has arrived at a grave state of crisis, a perilous condition that threatens civilization and the very survival of many species, including humans. The crisis is multi-faceted, involving not only environmental concerns, but also social, economic, and spiritual issues. Finding solutions may at times challenge our own sense of who we are and how we should live. Time is short. Actions taken in the near future will have consequences, for good or ill, that color the fate of distant generations.
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Hope lies in many places, but ultimately in human hearts and minds. As we grow in understanding and appreciation for the challenges we face, so will our actions grow to better meet those challenges. Intriguingly, this process leads not only to responsible global citizenship, but also to human fulfillment and happiness. With our back against the wall, the actions forced upon us for survival seem to push us to a state of maturity recommended in ages past by the wisest and most far-sighted amongst us. By rising to meet the challenge of our times, we, who live in this age of darkness and light, may claim the light for ourselves and for all those who follow, into the far centuries.
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School of the Earth, by providing education, motivation, and support for constructive action, can play a part in the emergence of a mature society, capable of creating and maintaining a vibrant civilization on a healthy planet.
 

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