Course Topic 1 - Sustainability
Welcome! What does sustainability mean to you?
Before viewing the first video take a few minutes to think about what sustainability means to you.
Using a large piece of blank paper and some colour markers, crayons or textas draw a picture of what sustainability means to you. Use only images and no words.
It’s not a drawing competition, so don’t feel you need to create a masterpiece. This is about expressing a personal sense of sustainability in a universal language.
Take up to ten minutes for this activity, then view the video below.
Make a few notes about your response. Here are a few questions to get you started: Did this activity evoke an emotional response, if so what? What thoughts or ideas emerged for you in this activity? There are no right or wrong answers.
Video 1 - Sustainability Activity
Video 2 - Introduction to Sustainability
Video 3 - Greenhouse Gases, Global Warming & Climate Change
Video 4 - Peak Resources, Ecological Footprints
Followup Activities (Required)Item 1 is auto-marking and your response will be recorded. For items 2 & 3 - please print to PDF and retain a copy of the results page.
- Complete the sustainability quiz (Reduction Revolution)
- Calculate your ecological footprint (via Global Footprint Network)
- Calculate your carbon footprint (via Sustainability Victoria)
Further Links & Resources (Optional)
- Moreland City Council (Australia) is taking action to reduce energy consumption and emissions. View 4 min video.
- Chris Jordan (USA) explores large format photography to depict the extent of our mass consumption. View some fascinating examples.
- Rob Hopkins (UK) reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem - the Transition Towns movement. View 16 min video.
- Ecological Wealth of Nations - Interactive Map (Global Footprint Network)
- Brundtland Commission (Wikipedia)
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Hubbert Peak Theory (Wikipedia)