Care for self – this is how Sustainability refers to ourselves. We all have our own personal impact on the world. Some contribute to keeping the world in tact, whilst others are blissfully unaware of the damage they are causing. Children are very self centred, not in a bad way, however when things are about them their attention is all on that. With having that train of thought we can show the children that they, themselves, harm the earth but they can still fix it. Within a classroom it is vital to introduce science into the children’s’ lives. If we can mould one person into a scientist that could be enough, that one child could find the cure to cancer or even stop starvation.
If we want to make a change to the world we need to start with us, us as individuals, them we can try to change the rest of the world. The change starts with us.
Care for intimate others – I myself am a very family orientated person. I live at home with my mother, father and younger sister. Within our household we are somewhat aware of our ecological footprint. We try to take moderate length showers, we recycle and we try to reduce energy usage. We know that our resources are not endless, however more changes can be made. If every household could consider their impact on the world, then maybe we could have a more sustainable earth. Children learn from their parents, they learn most of their beliefs, passions and characteristics from them. The learning starts at home. If parents can teach their kids whats right and wrong from an early age it makes it easier to stick when they get into greater depth when they’re at school.
Care for the local community – as we can see with the centres of care, we need to start small and build our way up. A firm belief of mine is that you can not fix the world if you are broken yourself. When a community can be involved with the environment it makes things easier. Within a community rules and laws can be set, the government can educate their people and show them how to make our earth sustainable. A local community is a way for people to come together. The people of the community need each other in order to learn, you can not ask one person to care for the world and the next to live their lives with no conscience and consequence.
Care for other species – I believe this is one of the most important centres of care. In the world we live in we might not stop to think about the smaller things in life (sometimes even the bigger), we are such a self centred species that we fail to remember we are not alone. All animals are effected by the way us humans choose to live our lives. Deforestation, using harmful chemicals, tainting water supplies; these are all ways in which we effect other species.
We need to make a difference in the way we live in order to protect others, not just humans, but those living alongside us. It is important that we learn that other species keep us alive and if we harm just one small species we could be harming ourselves.
Care for the natural environment – It doesn’t just stop at plants and animals. We need to care for our natural environment. This is all our landforms, weather and everything in between. Our natural environment provides us with so much. We are able to create energy out of it, it gives us resources and shelter, it pretty much is a reason for our survival.
The centres of care is a cycle, we are all continuously giving back to each other except for when we start to get greedy. If we take too much of what is not ours then we can not promise to replenish it in the future which may lead to the destruction of the natural environment and more importantly the destruction of out planet.
Care for the world we inhabit – The big picture is that we need to take care of the world we live in. At the moment we have only got one and it needs to last us for multiple generations to come. Referring back to my blog posts I feel as if many of the centres of cares are addresses, we need to make a start on this movement towards a sustainable earth. It one person can change, then they can change their household, one household becomes a community of them and it just keeps on spreading like that.
The purpose of schooling and education is to help form the generation of tomorrow. Our experiences and knowledge must be past down to preserve the world we live in, however we do not want to pass on the exact way we act and think. We need to make a difference as future educators. We need to teach children to learn from our previous mistakes and we need them to further develop what we have started.
This assignment is the start of my pledge to change this earth. one footprint at a time.
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