Change and development in the twentieth century brought economic benefits to some of the worlds peoples and environmental problems to all. The state of the worlds ecosystems now poses a serious threat to the health of all Earths species. There is now an increasing awareness of the need to reconcile economic success with ecological sustainability and broad support for the basic aim of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations and the planets ecosystems.
Education has a crucial role to play in empowering people to participate in working for a sustainable future. Environmental education should be seen not as a separate learning area but more as a philosophy and way of life that permeates the entire curriculum as part of a whole-school approach that is an education for a sustainable future. Schools and other educational institutions need to exercise leadership to promote and reinforce environmental responsibility by integrating the ethical, social, economic and ecological values of environmentally sustainable development into educational practice and policy.
This unit aims to assist students to develop the values, knowledge, and skills to realise the principles and practices of ecological sustainable development in their professional and personal lives, in the workplace and in the wider community through a consideration of real alternatives to our current unsustainable way of life.