Be The Change Earth Alliance
Be The Change Earth Alliance is a Canadian charity that develops and delivers community-based education programs empowering people to respond, individually and collectively, to the ecological and social challenges facing our world today. Taking inspiration from the timeless wisdom of Mahatma Ghandi’s famous quote, “you must be the change you wish to see in the world,” the organization was founded on the belief that global issues are intrinsically tied to our own individual actions, and employs Action Circle methodology to provide participants with an engaging way to explore social and environmental issues, share their collective knowledge, and support one another in adopting sustainable lifestyle practices.
Be The Change inspires and facilitates the formation of Action Circles through a wide variety of community events and initiatives, including regular Awaken and Change symposium workshops, facilitator leadership trainings, Be The Change Circle teleseminars, The Great Turning ‘Un-conferences’.
In 2009, at the suggestion of an impassioned Action Circle participant, Be The Change began adapting its program for use within secondary schools. A further three years of research, development and testing ultimately yielded the Student Leadership in Sustainability (SLS) program. This experiential educational curriculum addresses environmental and social justice issues in such a way that it empowers students to be a part of the solution, while at the same time fostering self-awareness, confidence, and meaningful connections between fellow students, their families, and the world at large.
Since its inception, the program has since been implemented into a wide variety of courses in over two dozen schools throughout the Lower Mainland (primarily Vancouver), where it has been extremely well-received by teachers and students alike.
For more information about Be The Change and its programs, please visit www.bethechangeearthalliance.org.