What is Sustainable Development? (SD) Ice Breaker • Start with a simple game to kick the session off Aims and Objectives • Understand the three elements of Sustainable Development (SD) • Understand what SD actually is • Determine why SD is important to you and your future in the workplace What is Sustainable Development? 'Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.' (Brundtland 1987) Sustainable development is about using resources more efficiently, in order for society to reduce not only its impact on the environment, but on the economy, whilst improving social impacts both locally and globally to ensure a fairer and more sustainable future. Education foris Sustainable Development What Sustainability? • Education is essential to sustainable in order 'Development that meets the needsdevelopment, of the presentand without to improve SD we need to understand it and how it impacts on compromising the needs of future generations to meet their own us. needs.' (Brundtland 1987) • The education of today is crucial to enhancing the ability of the leaders and citizens of tomorrow to create solutions and find new paths to a better, ismore sustainable future. Sustainable development about using resources more efficiently and educating people about the issues of sustainable development in • SD will impact on you in the workplace order for society to reduce not only its impact on the environment, but on the economy, improving social impacts both locally and • You can makewhilst a difference globally to ensure a fairer and more sustainable future. What do we need? 1. To live? 2. To lead comfortable lives? 3. To have health & well being? 4. To have economic well being? Our Most Basic Needs Water, Heat, Food, Light, …. Human needs in the developed world Transport Heating Lighting Cooking Fashion clothing Learning Leisure Health care Communication The Three Elements of Sustainable Development The diagram illustrates the three elements of SD and focuses not just on the economic value of a company or project, but also on the environmental and social value Environmental Social – Environmental EnvironmentalEconomic Sustainability = Human happiness Social Economic- Social Economic All three elements are required in order to achieve sustainable development and an impact on one element will usually have a knock on effect for the other two elements To put it another way…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2FaIFt5I4o Simple SD facts • 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes is thrown away every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten • 50% of waste collected by local authorities in the UK was sent to landfill in 2010/11, compared to an EU-27 average of 40% • Recycling saves more than 18 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year – equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road • We would need 3 planet earths if everyone lived like we do in the UK • Turning PC’s off in the computer suites for 1 hour a day would save over £11,000 per year in waste energy • National figures gathered on the use of plastic carrier bags show 9 billion are used in the UK each year, of which most of this ends up in landfill sites • 99.4% international aid money goes to men not women. In developing countries 90% of the money women earn goes back into the family, but only 35% of the money earned by men goes to the back into the family. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vq2mfF8puE Take a moment to think about oil • Crude oil is "unprocessed“ oil that comes from the ground • It is a major fossil fuel and is used in the production of many synthetic materials such as plastic • There are an estimated 1.3 trillion barrels of oil reserve left • This should last us for the next 30 years • By 2040, around 20% of what we currently consume will be available • It is likely by then that the world’s population will be twice as large, and more of it industrialised (and therefore oil dependent) • Now think about how reliant we are on oil Understanding Sustainable Development Activity UNESCO Framework The UNESCO Framework 2003 identifies 10 key themes for SD: • • • • • • • • • • Overcoming poverty Gender equality Health promotion Environmental protection and conservation Rural transformation Human rights Intercultural understanding & peace Sustainable production & consumption Cultural diversity Information & communication technologies Initiatives at the College • • • • • • • • • Green Impact scheme Mend Not Spend Fair Charity Collections Car Share scheme Paper Recycling Clothes Swap Sale of Equality and Diversity Bags Climate Week Fairtrade Fortnight What you can do • • • • • • • • • • • • Recycle your products after use Join the College Green Impact Scheme Buy and support Fairtrade Volunteer Get involved with charity events at the College Switch electrical items off after use Use public transport or car share Try to walk or cycle more Waste less food Buy energy efficient products Consider the durability of a product before you buy it Reuse plastic bags How would you make the college more sustainable ?
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