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Environmental sustainability in early childhood education. Going green. What is sustainability?. What is your definition of sustainability? Choose the definition of sustainability that appeals to you the most In your own words describe what you think this means.

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what is sustainability
What is sustainability?
  • What is your definition of sustainability?
  • Choose the definition of sustainability that appeals to you the most
  • In your own words describe what you think this means

“Young children are capable and resourceful and able to make decisions that do impact on their own lives and the lives of others. As educators the messages we give children about sustainability will impact on their well being, their play, their thoughts, their relationships, their ability to connect with nature, their desire to explore, discover and the curiosity to learn; their sense of wonder in this amazing planet and all its creatures and people and their ability to care and make decisions that have positive outcomes”

Catherine Lee Director, The Point Preschool Oyster Bay NSW

aspects of sustainability
Aspects of sustainability

Environmental sustainability

Protecting and conserving biodiversity and ensuring natural resources are utilised efficiently

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Aspects of sustainability

Social sustainability

The needs of individuals are identified and their well being is considered. Issues of social inclusion and eradicating poverty are pursued

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Aspects of sustainability

Economic sustainability

Working within the capacity of the natural environment to ensure strong economic growth, stability and competitiveness

To identify various strategies that

make it possible to utilize

available resources to best


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Aspects of sustainability

A holistic approach must be taken

the impact of key global issues
The impact of key global issues

Climate change

We are experiencing changes in climate conditions around the world

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The impact of key global issues

Greenhouse effect

The heat radiated from the sun warms the various gases in the earth’s atmosphere. Without these gases it would be impossible for living things to survive.

They keep the earth warm and insulated.

The greenhouse effect is when there is an increasing concentration of these gases and this increases the world’s temperature


Human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels and clearing of forests, have greatly intensified the natural greenhouse effect, causing global warminghttp://science-at-home.org/how-does-the-greenhouse-effect-work/

carbon dioxide
Carbon dioxide

Carbon dioxide is released into the air as humans and animals exhale and as we burn fossil fuels.

Plants and trees absorb much of this

Deforestation is the major contributor to increases in carbon dioxide as trees are cleared for wood and humans living there.

ecological footprint
Ecological footprint


earth resources energy in australia
Earth resources – Energy in Australia
  • Energy use is the major cause of climate change in Australia
  • This is because 90% of the electricity we use is produced by burning polluting coal
  • This has made Australians the highest per capita greenhouse polluters in the world
renewable energy
Renewable energy
  • Renewable energy is sourced from wind, water, sun and biomass products such as wood
  • Can use renewable energy in the home and in business
  • Australia is one of the driest continents on earth
  • If we combine climate change with increasing populations you can see why

we are running out of water

  • We must rethink how we use

water more wisely

  • Think about what is in your food – additives, genetic engineering, farming methods, antibiotics for animals, imported foods

Think about organic food, local food, food waste of food

  • Brainstorm options for reducing waste
  • There is no regulatory body in Australia and chemical companies do not have to list their ingredients
  • Discuss what products or not we use in children’s services

Biodiversity is the variety of life: the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, and the eco systems they are part of

caveman activity

We live on a finite planet – and Mankind is linked with the earth, our resources are not limitless…

Unless children have the chance to interact and experience nature they will not develop a love or appreciation for the environment and its resources.

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Appoint a time keeper & 6 volunteers.

Each person has two attempts to take leaves from the bowl.


#1 - cave person – 2 fingers

#2- Iron age 3 fingers

#3 - industrial age – 4 fingers

#4 - information technology age –

5 fingers

#5 - the future – take what ever is left


We need to give children the opportunity to engage with the natural world in order to value and appreciate it.

this is the critical decade
This is the critical decade

Are we empowering our children with the resources to enable them to preserve the planet?

children are the future
Children are the future

The best Speech - Severn Suzuki - YouTube

the point pre school
The Point pre-school
  • http://recyclingweek.planetark.org/documents/doc-249-bcs-point-preschool-final.pdf