Socioecological literacy for Social Justice

Any field that aims to reflect about what education we need today to build more just societies from a social perspective, must have as a nonnegotiable priority the socioecological literacy of our societies and their inhabitants. A basic objective that education in its broadest sense – from the democratic paideia that is forged in the political and social yard to the curricula of schools at all levels – must satisfy is to provide basic training on the real functioning of the human life in Gaia. Faced with the obscurantism of economism that claims that infinite growth is possible on a finite planet, it is necessary to counterattack with an interdisciplinary training that, starting from thermodynamics and biology, allows us to understand the nature of our interaction with the planet. And, from there, work on a humanist approach that reflects on how to build lifestyles that make compatible the limit imposed by that framework with the construction of desirable lives in just and democratic societies.

An education that is not limited to the just “theoretical”, but that understands that, as imperative as changing our imaginaries in the direction of a New Earth Culture, is to appropriate practical and materials knowledge that allows us to rearticulate a way of life that can avoid the most damaging consequences of the industrial and capitalist production of contemporary societies. In addition, as a prior step to the above mentioned, an ecologically conscious education must take with determination under its responsibility the visibility and illustration of the contemporary emergent scenario and the criticism and claims of the responsible dynamics. Above all,  this will be the heart of this workstream in the context of this UNESCO Chair.