This is often seen as a vision rather than as a definition. Below are some of the definitions of sustainable development (sustainability quotes)
“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” Brundtland Commission Report (1987-Our Common Future)
Sustainable Development is also described as “thinking about forever” (UNESCO, 2002)
Sustainable development involves working towards a world that is: · Ecologically · Socially · Economically · & Politically Sustainable (Fien, 2004; Earth Charter, 2000)
“Sustainability should not be considered an abstract concept but a common way of action of our daily life.” (Siren Qemuge; The Contribution of Early Childhood Education to a Sustainable Society: UNESCO 2008)
A whole-school approach for sustainability requires an educational institution to include action for sustainability in all aspects of schooling. This includes school governance, integration within the curriculum, implementation and management of the physical properties of the school and collaboration with like minded organisations and the broader community.
Involve all school community stake-holders!
The active involvement of all school stake-holders is required. Stakeholders include students, teachers, Principal, school staff at all levels and the wider school community such as families and community members.
The active involvement of all school stake-holders is key to the successful implementation of the Whole-School Approach
On various pages of this website, you will find informative PDF downloads to assist your school to successfully launch a whole-school sustainability action plan. We are currently working on many of these manuals so at this time, not all manuals are currently available.
We are currently developing the YouTube video channel. Thank you for your patience.
In-order to successfully foster sustainable behaviours, it's important to gain some insight into the psychology of behaviour so that sustainable behaviour can become the new ‘norm’ for school stakeholders. We like the term 'social default' which was coined for creating new norms by Christie Manning, Ph.D. in her document, “The Psychology of Sustainable Behaviour.”
For further reading click on the APS link to the Australian Psychological Society web-page about our behaviours to climate change and how to talk with children about climate change.
Psychological research has shown that, knowledge of an issue is not enough to motivate people to act: Experiences that create an emotional response are more likely to create a change in behaviour. It's hoped that the use of well researched behaviour change intervention tools throughout the experiences of the Earth Action Plan will influence long term sustainable behaviour change.
In most instances, the behaviour change tools utilised in the Whole-School Earth Action Plan are: Commitments, Norm Appeals, Prompts, Incentives/Rewards and Feedback. When these tools are used together, they become very effective for fostering sustainable behaviours.