Topic 1: Embodying sustainability values

1 Embodying sustainability values

The competence area ‘Embodying sustainability values’ encourages us to reflect on and challenge our own personal values and world-views in terms of unsustainability, and sustainability values and world-views. This area advocates equity and justice for current and future generations, while supporting the view that humans are a part of nature.

1.1 Valuing sustainability: To reflect on personal values; identify and explain how values vary among people and over time, while critically evaluating how they align with sustainability values.

Examples of knowledge (K), skills (S) and attitudes (A): 

K: knows the main views on sustainability: anthropocentrism (human-centric), technocentrism (technological solutions to ecological problems) and ecocentrism (nature-centred), and how they influence assumptions and arguments; 

S: can articulate and negotiate sustainability values, principles and objectives while recognising different viewpoints; 

A: is prone to acting in line with values and principles for sustainability. For example: Given the apparent tensions between sustainability and consumerism based on the use of natural resources, everybody should be able to contemplate what impact buying fast fashion or taking a flight for a weekend getaway would have at system level (SDG 12).

1.2 Supporting fairness: To support equity and justice for current and future generations and learn from previous generations for sustainability.

Examples of knowledge (K), skills (S) and attitudes (A): 

K: knows that ethical concepts and justice for current and future generations are related to protecting nature; 

S: can apply equity and justice for current and future generations as criteria for environmental preservation and the use of natural resources; 

A: is committed to respecting the interests of future generations

 

1.3 Promoting nature: To acknowledge that humans are part of nature; and to respect the needs and rights of other species and of nature itself in order to restore and regenerate healthy and resilient ecosystems

 

Examples of knowledge (K), skills (S) and attitudes (A): 

K: knows that our wellbeing, health and security depend on the wellbeing of nature; 

S: can assess own impact on nature and consider the protection of nature an essential task for every individual; 

A: cares about a harmonious relationship existing between nature and humans.