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Sustainability is a term that’s become increasingly important in recent years, as people become more aware of the impact that human activities have on the environment. But what exactly does sustainability mean, and how can we work towards a more sustainable future, how does understanding sustainability help the planet ?
This short course provides an introduction to the key concepts and principles of sustainability, and offers tips on how you can make a difference in your own life.

UNDERSTANDING

SUSTAINABILITY COURSE Introduction

We hear the term sustainable development a lot these days. Although many of us now believe that the way we are living cannot go on as it is – that it is not ‘sustainable – we probably all have slightly different interpretations of what that means and almost certainly different views about what we should do about it. In 1987 the World Commission came up with this simple  way of defining it:

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

We start this course by considering the basic things we need to live such as food; clothing; shelter, water and energy. How often do we stop and think where these things come from and what impact their production has on the ‘ability of future generations to meet their own needs’? 

This course is taught through engaging and interactive e-learning with quiz based assessments.

Modules:

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Blue Marble e-Learning Tools
  1. Defining Sustainability
  2. Sustainable Develop Goals
  3. Poverty
  4. Hunger
  5. Heath and Wellbeing
  6. Education
  7. Gender Equality
  8. Clean Water and Sanitation
  9. Affordable Energy
  10. Decent Work
  11. Industrial Innovation
  12. Reduced Inequality
  13. Sustainable Cities
  14. Responsible Consumption
  15. Climate Action
  16. Water
  1. Meet with your tutors and peers online.
  2. Submit work and discuss grades
  3. Access more courses from Blue Marble
  1. Quiz Questions
  2. Certification
Course Primer:

understanding sustainability Details

Weekly study
One week
Duration
Three Hours
Accreditation
Blue Marble
Cost
£45
Online
100% online
Support
course tutor
Level
level 1
Group Size
FLEXIBLE

BACKGROUND READ

Understanding Sustainability 101: Key Concepts and Definitions

Sustainability is a term that’s become increasingly important in recent years, as people become more aware of the impact that human activities have on the environment. But what exactly does sustainability mean, and how can we work towards a more sustainable future? This guide provides an introduction to the key concepts and principles of sustainability, and offers tips on how you can make a difference in your own life.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability refers to the ability to maintain or preserve something over time. In the context of the environment, sustainability means using resources in a way that does not deplete them or harm the natural systems that support life on Earth. This includes reducing waste, conserving energy, and protecting biodiversity. Sustainability also encompasses social and economic factors, such as promoting social equity and ensuring economic stability for future generations.

The three pillars of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental

Sustainability is often described as having three pillars: social, economic, and environmental. Social sustainability refers to the ability to maintain healthy and equitable communities, where all individuals have access to basic needs such as food, water, and shelter. Economic sustainability involves creating a stable and prosperous economy that can support future generations. Environmental sustainability focuses on preserving natural resources and ecosystems for future generations by reducing waste, conserving energy, and protecting biodiversity. All three pillars are interconnected and must be considered together to achieve true sustainability.

The importance of the circular economy

The circular economy is an important concept in sustainability. It involves designing products and systems that minimize waste and maximize the use of resources. Instead of the traditional linear model of take-make-dispose, the circular economy aims to create a closed-loop system where materials are reused, recycled, or repurposed. This not only reduces waste and pollution but also creates new economic opportunities and promotes sustainable growth. The circular economy is a key strategy for achieving environmental sustainability and is being adopted by businesses and governments around the world.

The role of renewable energy in sustainability

Renewable energy plays a crucial role in achieving sustainability. Unlike fossil fuels, which are finite resources that contribute to climate change and environmental degradation, renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and hydro power are clean, abundant, and renewable. By transitioning to renewable energy, we can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and promote a more sustainable future. Many countries and businesses are investing in renewable energy as part of their sustainability strategies, and the renewable energy industry is growing rapidly as a result.

Understanding sustainable development goals and their impact

The United Nations has identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. These goals cover a wide range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, and more. Achieving these goals will require a collective effort from governments, businesses, and individuals around the world. By working towards the SDGs, we can create a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

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Meet your Blue Marble course authors and learning support team ...

Jessica Pickard

Blue Marble e-Learning platform administrator, Onboarding Supervisor and Learning Mentor

Jessica Pickard

Blue Marble e-Learning platform administrator, Onboarding Supervisor and Learning Mentor

Jessica is a teacher, trainer, author, journalist, researcher and e-learning author with more than 30 years experience. Her job is to convene your course, facilitate seminars and collect your feedback.

Jessica works with Blue Marble learning teams to continually improve curriculum content and e-learning interactions.

Shikwambi Nduuvako

Graduate Chemist, Waste Water Scientist, Namibia University of Science and Technology

Shikwambi Nduuvako

Graduate Chemist, Waste Water Scientist, Namibia University of Science and Technology.

Shikwambi holds an MSC in Applied Chemistry and Natural Sciences gain at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

Now working towards a BENg (Masters of Environment Engineering) in Water Management Shikwambi helps facilitate our Understanding Sustainability seminars and tutorials.

James Griffiths

Postgraduate in Environmental and Climate Change Sciences, Kent University

James Griffiths

Postgraduate in Environmental and Climate Change Sciences, Kent University.

James has helped us produce the e-learning content on your course and will be supporting your seminar group.

 

Zuniara Nawaz

Blue Marble e-Learning platform administrator, Onboarding Supervisor and Learning Mentor

Zunaira Nawz

Blue Marble e-Learning platform administrator, Onboarding Supervisor and Learning Mentor

Zunaira is your Onboarding Supervisor and Learning Mentor. She works with you to make sure that you understand the course, what you have to do and how to do it.

She's on hand to trouble shoot and problem solves and knows our systems and processes inside. Zunaira IS our help desk !

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