Promote understanding of sustainability in the stewardship of resources locally, nationally and globally
was a pertinent phrasing given that the availability and use of resources are key to the way that our lives and civilisation will (be able to) develop. The more I have thought about this, the more convinced I have become. The following seem pertinent points:
refers both to biological (species and ecosystems) and physical systems (energy and materials) and so there is a ready and multi-point curriculum connection to science and geography
are at the heart of our quest to be more sustainable and refer to actual problems (i.e., resource overuse, species extinction), rather than symptoms (e.g., climate change)
are the focal point of the circular economy work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation where preserving resource quality is key
sits well with schools' current obsession on recycling and waste.
has distinct curriculum niches in citizenship, religious studies and ethics
is the idea at the heart of our caring for the future
has a clear link to global citizenship, ecological justice and development
sits well with many schools' emphasis on caring.
... and the proposal brings these important issues together – which is more than most schools ever manage to do.
As nearly all the points made above are contentious if taken too far, the stewardship of resources sit well with the development of responsible critical thinking.
It sounds better and better ...