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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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“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
Protecting and conserving biodiversity and ensuring natural resources are utilised efficiently
The needs of individuals are identified and their well being is considered. Issues of social inclusion and eradicating poverty are pursued
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
A holistic approach must be taken
We are experiencing changes in climate conditions around the world
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 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.
we are running out of water
water more wisely
Think about organic food, local food, food waste of food
Biodiversity is the variety of life: the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, and the eco systems they are part of
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.
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 - 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.
Are we empowering our children with the resources to enable them to preserve the planet?
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