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Education towards sustainable future

by Nenad Todorovski on 6th May, 2013 at 12:21 PM CEST

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, humanity acts as if this world is an infinite source of goods. Just imagine, for more than a century, we suck out of the Earth knowing about the dangers of it, with the thought “don’t worry, next generations will handle it!”

Well, we’ve come to a point where every part of the abovementioned statement is put under question. Yes, all of us should worry, just because we are the direct witnesses of frightening climate changes, lack of renewable, clean energy sources, the die out of fossil fuels, lack of waste management and recycling, lack of clean water, etc. And, more importantly, if we keep up like this, we don’t know if next generations will be able to handle it. Will there even be next generations with this pace?

The first and most important step when fighting for a sustainable future is education! Not just children and young people, but people in general should go through a not so rigorous process of education and self-actualization in order to make a huge impact towards sustainable environment on the long-run.

First and most important, since we strive towards young, self-conscious generations capable of shifting the course of the past, education in the classrooms from as early as first grade is the first and most important step. Youngsters should know about the impact of their actions on the environment! They should know that they are part of this huge, complex organism called the Earth and, as in the case of every living being, every cell has its function and matters. And, before you say it, no, this step does not require for a huge educational reforms and a lot of financial aid in order to be implemented. Earth Day Network is an organization which offers a lot of lessons and courses on sustainability and protection of the environment… FOR FREE! Just to make it clear, there are hundreds of thousands more. So, is it that hard for teachers to use one hour a week/month in order to raise the consciousness of the young ones? It is a small change in the routine that can cause a huge positive impact on the future. And that’s just the beginning. Even affecting few children to spare few seconds of their time in order to sort the garbage for recycling is a huge impact. Changing the habits is essential and there is no better time to do so than childhood. Just imagine being the one who inspired the future environmentalists, the next generation of fighters for the future futures.

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Furthermore, actualizing the issue is a very important step. Media coverage of local problems in the first place, and then global is essential. Yet again, you do not need an insane financial support or your own television to do so. Are you that one person who always reminds the close ones shut down the lights if not used? Are you the person who picks the candy wrap from the ground and places it into the respectful trash can for recycling? Do you know about the importance of using you window instead of the AC? If yes, you are the perfect candidate to organize an event, public discussion and even one time school lesson about the importance of creating a sustainable future. And, yet again, there are tons of organizations (the abovementioned EDN being one of them) which offer their logistic support and general support. They might not be able to finance a whole campaign, but hey, what more do you need than space, educational materials and a few phone calls in order to ensure the media coverage? Even organizing a protest will do the job. If your words of wisdom get through to even few people, your goal has been reached.

Last, but not least, it is the education at home. Virtually all of us know about those small, but effective steps to make a change: use energy efficient light bulbs, unplug the inactive appliances, fix that leak in the pipes already, shut the lights you don’t need, decrease your time under in the shower, recycle, support less packaging by buying bigger packages of products, use less plastic, use bicycles or public transportation, support bio-fuels, etc. But the most important thing of all: EDUCATE YOUR CLOSE ONES! If you are a parent, tell your children about the importance of implementing these small steps. Some of your friends are not self-conscious enough? Talk to them and persuade them into some, if not all of the individual steps. Tell your parents about the economic gains of using the “household tricks” of saving. The possibilities are endless! You can never know how much your words will affect you surroundings. SPREAD THE WORD!

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We do not need to perceive education from an everyday point of view. Informal education is as important as the formal education. What’s keeping us from making these small steps towards better future?  Will future generations remember us as the great apes or the greedy monkeys?

Nenad Todorovski, CF Chapter Skopje, Action Team Writers #11

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Ana Mihajloska

Ana Mihajloska | Action team

Very educating and realistic article! Everything you said can be implemented without great efforts, and contribute a lot on the long run!

Excellently put, kudos!

7th May, 2013 @ 11:21 PM CEST

Nenad Todorovski

Nenad Todorovski | Action team

Thanks for the supporting words, Ana. I hope that it will reach to someone higher in the hierarchy of every state, especially the more influential figures in politics. :)

8th May, 2013 @ 6:40 PM CEST

Kevin Holder

Kevin Holder

Love this articel on sustainble development

10th May, 2013 @ 7:03 PM CEST

Anastasia Goncharova

Anastasia Goncharova

Very impressive!

12th May, 2013 @ 11:32 AM CEST

wajahat ali

wajahat ali

its really a wonderful article ! one should read it :)

14th May, 2013 @ 10:26 AM CEST

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