Resource material: About sustainability
This text can be used to prepare one or more workshop sessions for the participants. Educational objectives. Each participant will: – Understand the connections between global and local sustainable development, his/her own ideas about the future, and lifestyle choices – Understand the concepts of Ecological Foot-
print and quality of life – Be interested in finding out more about sustainability Length. In total this session, or these sessions, should take 1.5 – 2.5 hours
4.1 Symptoms of unsustainable development Most people have heard of ‘climate change’. Participants will have heard of some indicators of climate change. They may have personal experience of some. Climate change is not in itself a problem, it’s a symptom of un-sustainable development. The planet has a fever. Participants will be able to suggest other symptoms in the areas of environmental, social and economic sustainability. Some possibilities: • Environmental: Pollution of air and water… • Social: Violence at all levels, from war and genocide to street fights; extremes of wealth and poverty; exclusion on grounds of race, religion, gender, age… • Economic: Poverty, bankruptcies, bank crises…
4.2 What can you do? What can we do? Do participants think they’re too small to make a difference? “No-one can do everything but everyone can do something”. What kinds of things? – they will have ideas. You may add others from, for example, the EcoTeam workbook. Over-population or over-consumption: what is the ‘real’ problem? What can we influence? When Global Action Plan started, more than 20 years ago, there was a big debate about the environment. • The rich countries pointed to the poor countries
and said the problem was: too many people. • The poor countries pointed at the rich countries and said ‘All our problems are because you use too many resources! Too much oil, too much water, too much food…’ We were a group of friends who asked ourselves: What can WE do? We can’t influence how many babies are born in Africa, but we can decide to use fewer resources. We looked at the idea of the ‘ecological footprint’.
A guide for leaders of workshops for comics for sustainable development