As a teacher I believe that the answer to our most pressing problems can be found through education and learning. I also believe that each of us is ultimately responsible for our own education, because it is impossible to force someone to learn something.
We must choose to drink from the waters of knowledge ourselves. Unfortunately, many are choosing not to satiate their thirst.
Many people maintain a willful ignorance of ecological realities in order to continue high-consumption lifestyles. If knowing means change, they would rather not know.
But "I didn't know" has never been a valid excuse for anything.
It is our responsibility as citizens of this planet to banish our ignorance by:
Doing the hard work of education and learning will provide us with all the answers to our seemingly intractable problems.
But we must first choose to go there ourselves.