Get In the loop: a Balanced Future
The biggest challenge facing humanity in the 21st century is poverty eradication and the achievement of prosperity for all, within the means of the planet’s limited natural resources.
Deep inequalities regarding income, gender and power result in millions of people living in poverty and in economic and social exclusion. Almost 900 million people go to bed hungry, 1.4 billion live on less than US$ 1.25 a day and 2.7 billion lack adequately clean cooking facilities.
Achieving sustainable development means ensuring that everyone has the resources they need - i.e. food, water, medical care and energy – in order to exercise their basic human rights effectively. It also means ensuring that the use of natural resources does not put excessive stress on the Earth-system’s vital processes – e.g., generating climate change or biodiversity loss – which are critical for keeping our planet in its current stable state. Known as the Holocene, this stable period has been extremely beneficial to humankind over the past 10,000 years.
Managing to live within this safe and just space for humanity is a complex challenge, given that social boundaries (such as hunger, inequality or lack of health) and environmental planetary boundaries (such as climate change or biodiversity loss) are interdependent. Environmental stress can aggravate poverty and vice versa. This is why we need well-designed policies and new consumption and production habits if we are to succeed in attaining a sustainable and inclusive development.
We propose the following objectives for this year’s Connecting Worlds:
Critically rethink the concepts of growth and development, based on the principles of environmental sustainability and social justice.
Establish and analyze the causes and consequences of current production and consumption models in order to understand their unsustainable effects on people’s lives and on the planet.
Suggest alternative models of economic development that show more respect for people’s lives and the planet, based on the acknowledgment of already existing alternative proposals.
Promote individual and collective transforming actions and attitudes which imply the generation of new proposals for a more just and sustainable social and economic development.
- Rethink the idea of welfare, based on the principles of sustainability and social justice.
- Establish the causes and consequences of our current way of life, based on an analysis of our daily consumption habits in order to understand the unsustainable effects it has on people’s lives and on the planet.
- Learn about and recognize alternative ways of life and consumption that show more respect for people and the environment.
- Promote individual and collective actions in daily habits, respecting social and environmental stability.
- The concepts of welfare and development from a social and environmental perspective.
- Current models of production, and access to four basic welfare and sustainability items: water, energy, food and wealth.
- Relationship between our consumption habits regarding the four items mentioned above and their environmental and social consequences.
- Responsible consumption: ways and alternatives (a production model which shows respect for the environment, fair wages, gender equality, against child labor, etc.).
- Individual and collective proposals and initiatives that promote sustainable welfare within households, locally and globally.
- Rethink the concepts of growth and development, based on the principles of environmental sustainability and social justice.
- Understand what impacts it has on society and the environment, based on a critical analysis of the current model of production, consumption and access to basic resources.
- Learn about and recognize alternative habits and ways of life and consumption that show more respect for people and the environment at both the micro and macro level.
- Promote the generation of individual and collective alternatives and action proposals that bring about change in our ways of life, allowing for both social and environmental sustainable development.
- Analysis of the concept of development and the limits of economic growth from a social and environmental perspective.
- Approach to the current rationale underlying production, distribution and consumption regarding four basic welfare and sustainability items: water, energy, food and wealth.
- Analysis of the impact of current consumption trends from the perspective of sustainability.
- Examples and research on individual and collective alternative ways of life, production and consumption that are more just and sustainable.
- Individual and collective proposals and initiatives that promote sustainable development within households, locally and globally.
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Clara I. de Madrid, Elisabet Santpere, Sandra M. Tremoleda
Website Dynamization Development:
Teachers for Global Citizenship Network:
The Connecting Worlds’ network commission assesses and monitors the elaboration of this education proposal. It is made up of: Alazne Cámara, Pablo Cuenca, Santiago García, Esther Gutiérrez, Teresa Hernández, Flor López, Jordi Riera and Arantza Zubizarreta.
For further information on the Teachers for Global Citizenship Network, please visit: www.ciudadaniaglobal.org
The Connecting Worlds Consortium:
Starting in this 2019-20 academic year, Connecting Worlds is conducted within the Connecting Worlds Consortium. This initiative, which includes the education proposal, is in line with a wider strategy for the promotion of global citizenship driven by the following European organizations: Oxfam Italia (Italy), AID Global (Portugal), Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal), Espais Telemàtics (Spain) and OxfamIntermón (Spain).
This proposal is part of the “Developing the Global Competence through the Intercultural Online Project Connecting Worlds” project of the Erasmus + open call.