You know this sustainability business can
be really depressing. There seems to be many issues to face and many challenges to deal
with, and good news seems often to be in short supply. So I actually teach a session at the
university which is called “Good News for a Change”, and the whole idea is to highlight
where good news comes from many sources around the world. And I find this a very enlightening
and invigorating process. I work in the School of Education and just recently I was marking
a student assignment. This student happens to be a teacher of primary children in Dumfries.
And she told me that her primary six children (so these would be around the age of nine
and ten) had independently concluded that as they’re trying to learn about sustainability
that they should define what Learning for Sustainability meant. And I love what they
came up with. They said that learning for sustainability for them is “learning to make
the world a better place for ourselves and all other species”. Essentially, for everyone
and everything. Wouldn’t it be nice if all politicians, and all captains of industry,
and all the rest of us picked up on that idea?