Sustainabilty – A Rosalie View
“Care for the Earth – it’s the only one we’ve got” is the guiding principle that Rosalie has decided to take when discussing the idea of ‘sustainability’. Our aim is to follow this green rule – Try to; leave the world better than you found it, take no more than you really need, try not to harm the environment and if you do, do something about remedying the damage. The emphasis is on taking steps to ensure our ecological footprint, both at school and at home, is as small as we can possibly make it. Learning to take effective action will result in people living more within the earth’s capacity to provide resources to sustain a quality of life that we deem valuable.
The education for our caretaker role is both present- and future-oriented. It’s about learning to design and implement actions for the present, in the knowledge that the impact of these actions will be experienced in the future. In this way it leads to students developing an overall capacity to contribute to “a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations”.
“Sustainability is something everyone can work towards… whether it is picking up garbage you see on the street or boycotting a company that practices environmentally harmful business methods, we all can make a difference.” (UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005–2014)