It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our friend, mentor and founder Jim Martin.
Jim passed away Friday, July 22 after a painfully sudden, but mercifully brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, and our friend and colleague Karin Hedetniemi. He is additionally survived by all of us who were touched by his vision, dedication and commitment to education about our environment and how humans interact in and with the natural world.
Words cannot express how much Jim Martin meant to not only a generation of students and teachers across Alberta, Canada and around the world, but also to a generation of environmental educators – those of us who learned so much just from being around him. Words also cannot express how much we will miss him.
Jim Martin taught us that the environment and economy were not competing values, rather they were interrelated – so much so that he also founded another education not-for-profit, the Centre for Environment-Economy Learning. He was the visionary whose first climate change education program was a FEESA teacher professional development program in 1992. His unfailing belief in teachers and students not only to understand difficult, complex topics, but in their ability to act on this understanding remains the cornerstone of all we do at Inside Education.
In the coming days, Inside Education and our extended family will be announcing a legacy project honouring Jim, the educator and the leader whose vision we are proud to work towards every day.
In the meantime, to honour Jim’s memory, we humbly ask you take a child outside and show him or her something in the environment they’ve not seen before. Help instill in them the wonder and passion for our special places, our diverse species and the natural world from which Jim took inspiration every day.
Executive Director, Inside Education
Jim Martin’s Friend