The basic idea for this project was triggered during the “Knowledge, Youth and Global Commons” international conference, held at Woerthersee, Austria in mid-September 2011. (this link will provide you with the programme of the conference, but also give you access to our notes from the conference – do read those – as they share both thought provoking and inspiring quotes and insights)
As we discussed and brainstormed the situation in the regions we have been active in thus far (South East Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central and Eastern Mediterranean) one point kept surfacing – in order to make any significant, long term change that would impact the quality of life, the route of development and future generations – we need to educate people on sustainability and related concepts (from sustainable development and sustainable way of life, to sustainability in business, sustainability science, sustainability management).
While in the Western countries sustainable development can be found as a separate subject in schools’ and university curricula, less developed countries, countries in transition, and countries related to as “emerging markets” were still a long way from even considering of introducing sustainable development in schools’ curricula. In most cases this lack of action is caused by other internal (and often external) issues that seem to be more pressing (political turbulence, economic hardship, human rights issues, difficult transition period and similar). Still, what could be more pressing than ensuring the sustainable future for the generations to come? (Not to mention that Sustainable Development “ties together concern for the carrying capacity of natural systems with the social challenges faced by humanity, and that the concept of sustainable development is often broken out into three constituent parts: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and sociopolitical sustainability” / Wikipedia)
When asking ourselves “what would be the most effective way of helping”, we defined our answer as “let’s do our best to help introduce Sustainable development in the schools’ curricula in the countries and regions where that is not yet the case.” And here we are trying to do just that.
This website was created as a hub, a meeting point, if you will, where we will share not only the progress of this project, but also case studies and practices done by different organizations, businesses, municipalities and governments, we will give you insights in sustainable lifestyle, sustainable science, sustainable economy, we will share facts and stories, opinions and ideas, with the hope that some (or all) of it will inspire you to join us in creating a sustainable future for our children.
Please read the Project Brief and Frequently Asked Questions for more information, and there is also the Wiki page, with more detailed data on educational systems, legislative framework, environmental and sustainability issues, green economy.
We would love to have you on board, helping us during implementation of the project – if you’d like to join in, please check out Join Us tab. And that’s not all – check back daily for blog posts, subscribe to our newsletter, and join us on social networks.
Posted by Sandra Antonovic; Sandra is the International Projects Director and Chair of the Board of Nektarina Non Profit. She serves on a pro bono basis.