Brundtland Commission for Environmental Development was created in 1987. The definition of sustainable development is due to it: “one that meets current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Sustainable development is the current central paradigm of the United Nations, compared to the previous one, based on economic development, with serious consequences for human communities and the natural environment. It is now when we are aware of the threats to the well-being of the environment and, therefore, also to people.
Its specialized agency in Education, Science and Culture – UNESCO – indicates that the economic growth model has generated environmental degradation, social injustice and economic inequalities.
SDG for children
The SDGs represent an opportunity for children: That girls and boys of today are the adults of tomorrow.
Get involved as a citizen of the world from childhood. The role of education in the classroom. EDS and ODS
In UNESCO’s words “education for sustainable development (ESD) provides the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to make informed decisions and carry out responsible actions in favor of the integrity of the environment, the viability of the economy and a just society. ”
The organization insists that skills must be transmitted to move from awareness, to knowledge and action.
To do this, it recommends dealing in classrooms with topics such as: agriculture, drinking water, atmosphere, biodiversity, change in consumption patterns, climate change, oceans, deforestation, solid and hazardous waste and wastewater or desertification and drought, among others related to the environmental field.
When the family also applies the principles of sustainable development in their daily lives, they are making their children agents of change
“To educate a child you need the entire tribe.” It is an African proverb that tells us that we all educate and we all teach. School, family and society.
What can we do at home to teach our children?
- Recycle and separate garbage.
- Cut off the water faucets.
- Turn off lights and appliances in standby.
- Value the natural resources that surround us.
- Do not use products that damage the environment.
- Go on excursions to nature to learn environmental values.
- Reuse products and make them enter the circular economy.
Keep reading and you will find ideas and resources to achieve these goals from home and from class.
Citizen participation inside and outside the classroom to promote the “autumn of climate change”
Empowering students to make wiser decisions creates a positive impact through their actions.
In 2020 and with the help of Unicef, minors between 10 and 17 years old, belonging to child participation councils, raised their requests for the Government to comply with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Demands around poverty, sexism, mental health, racism, education, even promoting green areas in cities or promoting less polluting transport.
Participatory learning is underway. But there is more.
In October 2021, the MITECO -Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge of Spain- has approved the Ministerial Order for the organization of the Citizen Assembly for the Climate. A collective action, to reinforce dialogue and social debate and seek solutions to environmental challenges, which has already been experienced in other European countries.
All for one and one for all
The UN already proposes, as an essential measure, individual action against climate change and sustainability, making decisions that entail less harmful effects on the environment.
If you feel like a responsible citizen, there are many things you can do for the environment. Among them, reducing your carbon footprint
in transport. It can be a change in habits, a less polluting car or reducing CO2 emissions from your air travels. For this lats aspect, you can count on Avikor.
193 countries moving forward. A horizon in 2030. 17 objectives that we have to achieve, in a sustainable and equitable way.
We citizens have the task of starting to be sustainable. Will you get involved?
Sustainable development activities for children
Finally, we offer you resources and activities so that, at home or at school, the little ones get involved in sustainability:
Sustainability is presented as a way of thinking about the future and as the key to improving the world around us. And its transmission goes through educational centers and homes.
and Oxfam Intermon
demand that it be a matter of state.