Next Steps

Next Steps

We are living in times of irreversible change.

All over the world people are impacting on their surroundings. Recognising the impact of human activity is the first step in coming to terms with environmental change. However, the complexity of the issues and the social, political and psychological questions which they raise, make this a demanding process.

It is easy to enter a state of denial when faced by challenges that appear overwhelming. It is also tempting to try to defend familiar ways of living, particularly if the alternatives involve making sacrifices or compromises. Many people simply do not want to get involved. Yet adapting our behaviour and building our resilience offer the best hope for the future. If we make wise choices today we will reap the benefits in years to come (Figure 1).

futures-thinking-post-itFigure 1 What we do makes a difference – even if we can’t change the world individually.

Yet adapting our behaviour and building our resilience offer the best hope for the future. If we make wise choices today we will reap the benefits in years to come.

All disciplines and educational domains can contribute to developing new thinking and ideas that acknowledge current realities. Courses programmes and modules can be modified at both school and university level to explore environmental and social responsibility. There is also huge scope for activities beyond the confines of formal education.

The United Nations has called for a re-orientation of both the curriculum and teacher education in order to embrace the sustainability agenda. It is unlikely that such changes will be introduced quickly. However, what is important is that we begin this process sooner rather than later. The clock is already ticking. 

1) Watch this video - "If I Could Change the World"

What are the things which (a) excite you and (b) you find challenging about the sustainability agenda?

Jones, P., Selby, D., and Sterling, S. (2010) (Eds) Sustainability Education: Perspectives and practice across higher education, London: Earthscan

Parkin, S. (2010) The Positive Deviant: Sustainability Leadership in a Perverse World, London: Earthscan

Stirling, S. (2012) The Future Fit Framework, London: Higher Education Academy

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