Step 1: Students will watch the video
“Mother Nature“ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmVLcj-XKnM)
and will discuss the message it conveys
The following issues may be discussed:
- What’s the message?
- What is happening?
- Why is this happening?
- What can we do?
Step 2: In the next part students will be shown several photos taken by the Kosovan photographer Arben Llapashtica .
Each Photo is discussed separately. The themes discussed are put on cards. They may include the following words:
Social Deprivation and many more
Step 3: These are categorised in three pillars of sustainable development: 1. Environment ; 2. Society ; and 3. Economy. 6 themes for each pillar are elicited from the photo observations and discussions.
Step 4: See the links exercise (see Method S.E.E the Links)
Students are divided in groups of four and given three dices of three different colours to roll. Each colour represents one pillar of sustainable development. With the rolling of the dice they choose one aspect per each pillar and create a story by making links between them. Each group presents the story.
Step 5: Several definitions of sustainability will be given to students to review. Students are asked to highlight key words from these definitions that are meaningful for them (Murray, 2011.loc 632). Using these key words students will come up with an individualised definition of sustainability.
The starting phrase proposed by Murray will be used:
Sustainability for me is…….
Step 6 (Notice! This step will need additional 20 hours of workload): Students are given an assignment in which one of the themes will be further researched. In the assignment students will need to interview at least three stakeholders in order to produce the report. These may include inhabitants of the area, local government, regulatory bodies, NGO working in the field.
In the report student should address the interconnected issues such as for example the link between our life style and how that affects nature, or electricity production and air pollution, or for example how decisions we take affect the environment for better or for worst, or the issue of short term and long term problem solving.