The curriculum envisions young people:
... "who will seize the opportunities offered by new knowledge and technologies to secure a sustainable social, cultural, economic, and environmental future for our country" (NZC, p. 8).
Sustainability is a key science and social sciences concept. However, all learning areas provide opportunities for students to explore the impact of social, scientific, and economic practices on society and the environment and to evaluate alternatives. Many New Zealand schools approach sustainability through a focus on the environment. While this is important, it is vital for students to see and discuss sustainability as a broad concept. For example, the revival of tikanga and te reo Māori can be seen as about the sustainability of a whole culture.
Education for sustainability can be offered as a subject specialisation at curriculum levels 6–8.
(NZC Update 15 – Future focus principle)
Education for sustainability kete
This website helps teachers to engage students in learning about sustainability and to encourage them to act sustainably and contribute to New Zealand’s well-being. It makes connections between the learning areas, vision, principles, values, and key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
Education for sustainability programme:
Jamais Cascio on tools for a better world
Jonathan Drori on why we're storing billions of seeds – encouraging us to save biodiversity
Kent Larson on designs for future cities
Alex Steffen on the shareable future of cities
Rob Hopkins on transition to a world without oil
Outlook for Someday – winning films
Young people + film + sustainability
Future of Humanity Institute
The Future of Humanity Institute is a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford. It enables a select set of intellects to bring careful thinking to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects.
Tread Lightly [+ citizenship]
Innovative online educational tools and resources designed to empower youth to reduce their ecological footprints and take action on climate change.
The New Zealand Futures Trust [+ citizenship + globalisation + enterprise]
Futures Thinking Aotearoa (FTA) aims to provide credible, timely information on major changes likely to impact on our way of life, particularly in New Zealand, and to promote discussion in the wider community on how we might best react to them.
Renewable Energy – Ideas in practice for a sustainable future
Learn about energy, renewable energy, the carbon cycle, energy in biomass, energy in wood pellets, and the use of wood pellets as a renewable energy source for heating in homes, schools and elsewhere. Start with a crash-course on renewable energy and see examples in action of geothermal, solar, wind, and hydro power.
The next ten years will be very unlike the last 10 years
The Story of Stuff – environmental and social issues [+ citizenship]
A community of problem solvers – parents, community leaders, teachers and students, people of faith, entrepreneurs, scientists, and more – working to create a more healthy and just world.