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1 15 May 2013 The 2020 Vision Project is supported by the ACT Government Community Centenary Initiatives Fund Teaching Sustainability and the 2020 Vision Sustainability Project Teachers’ Workshop

2 Our aim: You leave with ideas/lessons you can use immediately in the classroom Program: Outline 2020 Vision Sustainability Project Present broad sustainability issues as context Present practical classroom ideas Assist you to develop/refine your own sequence of lessons or unit of work on sustainability Introduction

3 2020 Vision Competition 23 Aug 2013 Exhibition of the best competition entries at the Festival of Young Ideas Nov 2013 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability Nov 2013 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

4 Core Activity Study one sustainability topic in the context of: How will Canberra reach the ACT Government’s 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction target? How will Canberra become more sustainable? 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

5 Aims Engage the imagination of ACT school children in a deep consideration of the sustainability issues we face Provide students with a goal Provide a chance to showcase the work of your students, your school and you! Generate discussion in the broader community 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

6 A broader perspective on sustainability and climate change A perfect storm of ‘wicked problems’ is brewing Each one is serious, together they threaten survival of our species – Human numbers quadrupled in the past century – Consumption driven growth economy – Demand for land and water increasing while supply decreasing – Energy generation driving greenhouse gases – Political and governance systems cannot cope

7 So where is the hope in that? We are hurtling at breakneck speed down ‘Anthropo-centric Highway’ towards a brick wall of impossibility Fork in the road – Track to ‘Eco-centric survival’ Most don’t see the track and we don’t know where it will lead us U-turn or catastrophe at the brick wall We have already moved beyond the safe limits of physics, biology and chemistry and our planet is decompensating Our best hope lies on the Eco-centric survival track

8 Global change – Crossing the safe boundaries of sustainability Climate change (boundary already crossed) Ocean acidification Atmospheric ozone depletion Nitrogen and phosphorus cycles (boundary already crossed) Global freshwater use Land use change Loss of biodiversity (boundary already crossed) Atmospheric particulates Chemical pollution

9 Shifting from an anthropo-centric to an eco-centric mindset Three things stand in way of positive outcome: economy, governance and our mindset Harder for those over 25 We are conditioned to believe that humans are in control and that the earth is infinitely exploitable Reinforced by our jobs, TV and the economy Kids come fresh and without our baggage Our task is to give them the tools of eco-centrism

10 What is eco-centrism? Recognition of our utter dependence on healthy ecosystems Making their nurture central to our culture Designing a steady state economy A governance system that respects communities, environment and operates on democratic principles Caring, sharing and nurture > competition, winning, dominating and controlling Transformation when enough take the new track

11 The ecological footprint Per capita use of biologically active land and water in global hectares Can calculate from the ACF atlas for families, individuals, suburbs The vital role of CO2 Derived from an analysis of household expenditure Our life choices in food, drink, travel, leisure activity, clothing and buildings, all have ecological implications Modules in the SEE-Change curriculum materials

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13 Footprints vary in size Enough land and water to support sustainably 7 billion people with 1.8 hectares per person. We are using 2.7 9.2 global hectares: size of the average ACT resident’s ecological footprint in 2008-09. The footprint has increased 25% in 10 years 13% above the Australian average and nearly 3.4 times the global average. People in developing countries have footprints ranging from 0.8 to 1.8 hectares. Biologically active land has been declining, while humanity’s footprint has increased.

14 Five discussion modules Intended for senior students, teachers, parents – Hope and action in a difficult decade – The environmental challenge – Population, the economy and inequality – A new road to a good future – A 2020 Vision of caring and hope

15 Why am I hopeful? Humans slow but not dumb We still don’t ‘get’ eco-centrism, but we will Massive stirring of young people networks across the world When the episteme shifts our entire economy and mode of thinking will change Back to a new deep respect and utter dependency on land and nature

16 Open to students from Kindergarten to Year 12 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

17 Core Activity Study one of the 19 2020 Vision sustainability topics in the context of the broad question: How will Canberra reach the ACT Government’s 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction target? How will Canberra become more sustainable? Develop proposals for local action 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

18 2020 Vision Competition 23 Aug 2013 Exhibition of the best competition entries at the Festival of Young Ideas Nov 2013 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability Nov 2013 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

19 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability One-page topic response Each school prepares a one-page topic response on the topic they have studied Should include up to five (5) proposals for action Critical thinking; creative thinking Template and examples available One one-pager per K-6 and 7-10 per school KEY DATE: 23 August 2013 – one-page topic response due 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

20 2020 Vision Competition Students invited to communicate a vision for the kinds of changes Canberra could make to become sustainable by 2020 Creative thinking Medium of choice – art, videos, models, writing, performance, design etc Year categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 KEY DATE: 23 August 2013 – Best four (4) entries in each year category from each school due 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

21 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability Preparation – 5 minute presentation Each school prepares a 5 minute presentation based on their one-page topic response Communication; creative thinking Oral/visual presentation – could include video, powerpoint, song, drama, poem One presentation per K-6 and 7-10 per school Guidelines available KEY DATE: 2 and 7 November 2013 – Parliament of Youth 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

22 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability Students representatives come together to map out a path towards a sustainable Canberra – come up with an agreed ‘White Paper’ 2 reps from each year category from each school: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 KEY DATES: 23 August 2013 – student representative nominations due to SEE-Change 2 and 7 November 2013 – Parliament 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

23 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability Day 1 Topic Committees – students deliver their presentation to other students in topic committees; watch other presentations; participate in discussion; vote for best proposals on each topic Cross-topic Committees – students deliver their presentation and watch presentations on other topics; participate in discussion Between-Committee Activities – students participate in sustainability-focused activities 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

24 Parliament of Youth on Sustainability Day 2 Full Parliament – all students meet to deliver the best proposals on each topic to whole Parliament; presentation to politicians of Parliament ‘White Paper’ (including one-page topic responses and proposals agreed by Parliament); discussion/Q&A session with politicians 2020 Vision Sustainability Project

25 Festival of Young Ideas: Exhibition Exhibition of the outstanding competition entries CSIRO Discovery Centre – winners/runners-up Belconnen Library Dickson Library Woden Library Erindale Library KEY DATE: Throughout November 2013 2020 Vision Sustainability Project Shortlisted entries

26 Practical classroom ideas Example TOPIC: Waste – e-waste Julie Quinn Karen Western

27 Resources ‘Imagining a Sustainable Canberra’ manual K-6 and 7-12 Teaching Modules – includes many links to useful websites 2020 Vision Handbook www.see-change.org.au/2020vision OCSE Fact Sheets

28 Need help? 2020 Vision Project Officer, Anne Quinn p: 6231 2452 e: 2020vision@see-change.org.au2020vision@see-change.org.au Thanks for coming! Please fill in the evaluation form

29 ACT Government targets Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 6ACT greenhouse gas emissions target (1) The principal target … is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT to achieve zero net emissions by 30 June 2060. 7Interim greenhouse gas emissions targets (1) The interim targets are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT to— (a) 40% less than 1990 emissions by 30 June 2020 ; and (b) 80% less than 1990 emissions by 30 June 2050. Find the Act at: www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2010-41/default.asp


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