Topic 4: Acting for sustainability

  1. Acting for sustainability

Acting for sustainability encourages learners to take action at individual and collective level to shape sustainable futures, to the extent possible. It also invites learners to demand action from those responsible to make change happen. 


4.1 Political Agency: To navigate the political system, identify political responsibility and accountability for unsustainable behaviour, and demand effective policies for sustainability.

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

K: knows policies that assign responsibility for environmental damage (e.g. ‘polluter pays’);

S: can identify relevant social, political and economic stakeholders in one’s own community and region to address a sustainability problem;

A: demands political accountability for unsustainable behaviour.

4.2 Collaborative action: To act for change in collaboration with others.

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

K: knows how to work with diverse participants to create inclusive visions for a more sustainable future; 

S: Can create transparent, inclusive and community-driven processes; 

A: Is willing to engage with others to challenge the status quo.

4.3 Individual initiative: To identify own potential for sustainability and to actively contribute to improving prospects for the community and the planet.

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

K: knows that preventive action should be taken when certain actions or inaction may damage human health and all life forms (precautionary principle); 

S: Can act promptly, even in the face of uncertainty and unforeseen events, keeping in mind the precautionary principle;

A: Is confident about anticipating and influencing sustainable changes.