To help a local activity with an eye toward the three components of sustainability: the economy, society, and the environment.
Time needed: 90 minutes or longer if required.
- Three large sheets of paper for each group
- One marking pen per participant.
Divide participants into groups of two to four.
Ask each group to identify an annual local activity (e.g., local festival, parade, or sporting event).
Design a concept map (see below) using this activity as the point in the center.
Think of ways in which the activity affects the local economy, society, and the environment. For example: A football match might help the local economy by generating work for people running the food stalls and those selling the food to them. However, in terms of environmental impact, the event produces waste that might pollute the waterways, etc.
In order to summarize the findings, prepare a chart on the remaining sheet of paper. Write the headings “Environment,” “Economy,” and “Society” across the top. Write “Local” and “Global” on the left-hand side of the page. Write down the keywords that you have come up with as in the following example:
|Local||Use of fertilizers
Use of pesticides
International trade Agreements farming
Cost of living
- What are the most problematic factors for your local community?
- What are the most problematic factors at the global level?
- Do you have any ideas as to how these can be addressed?
(Adapted from: http://www.esdtoolkit.org/community_goals/sust_lens.htm)