Topic 3: Envisioning sustainability futures

  1. Envisioning sustainability futures

The competence area ‘Envisioning sustainability futures’ enables learners to visualise alternative future scenarios and identify actions to achieve a sustainable future. It is essential that learners acquire the competence of ‘adaptability’ while coping with uncertainty about the futures and trade-offs in sustainability. Applying creative and transdisciplinary approaches to our way of thinking can foster a circular society and encourage learners to use their imagination when thinking about the future. 

3.1 Futures literacy: To envision alternative sustainable futures by imagining and developing alternative scenarios and identifying the steps needed to achieve a preferred sustainable future.

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

K: knows the difference between expected, preferred and alternative futures for sustainability scenarios; 

S: Can envisage alternative futures for sustainability that are grounded in science, creativity and values for sustainability; 

A: Is aware that the projected consequences on self and community may influence preferences for certain scenarios above others.

3.2 Adaptability: To manage transitions and challenges in complex sustainability situations and make decisions related to the future in the face of uncertainty, ambiguity and risk.

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


K: knows that human actions may have unpredictable, uncertain and complex consequences for the environment; 

S: can take into account local circumstances when dealing with sustainability issues and opportunities; 

A: is willing to discontinue unsustainable practices and try alternative solutions

3.3 Exploratory thinking: To adopt a relational way of thinking by exploring and linking different disciplines, using creativity and experimentation with novel ideas or methods.

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

K: knows that sustainability problems must be tackled by combining different disciplines, knowledge cultures and divergent views to initiate systemic change; 

S: can synthesise sustainability-related information and data from different disciplines; 

A: is committed to considering sustainability challenges and opportunities from different angles.