The 3E’s of Sustainability

I’m new to this blog, and blogging in general, and I thank Henry for inviting me to contribute to Earthniversity.

I recently obtained (2012) my MEd in Educating for Sustainability, from Antioch University New England. Through the two years of study, I have developed a lens for sustainability, which means I see the 3E’s wherever I go.

Does anyone know what the 3E’s are?

27 thoughts on “The 3E’s of Sustainability

    In-depth studies, carried out over the last 45 seconds, confirm there is a direct link between the climate and politics.

    Both climate and politics change over time !! A fact confirmed in the afore mentioned in-depth study.

    “Man” is the main cause of all political change, therefore “Man” is the main cause of climate change.

    The climate is seen as a problem if a particular political party is in power, whereas there is no problem at all to be see with the climate if the opposite party is at the helm.

    So, the simplest way to solve any climate problems is to keep that party “who see no problems”, in power.

    Not only will this save the Earth from certain destruction, it will save a lot of money in the national budget as there’ll be no need for climate science committees, reports, analysis, action etc.

    Prior to the 45 second in-depth study, a cartoon was created, which may, or may not, conflict with the theme of the above summary.

    That climate change cartoon is here . . . . . . . .


      • Ah, good point, Mary.
        Yes there are a few of us (I’m one) who are radical enough to have a mind of their own, and have no attraction to any of the main partys.

      • Quality politicians are so rare these days, they seem to have lost their “statesmen” like attributes.

        I saw a bumper sticker many years ago which is so applicable these days.

        It read: “Don’t vote for them, you’ll only encourage them”.

  2. So, Marmar, Teknowise, and Namenews, you’re soooo close. They are Economy, Environment, and …….(drum roll please), Equity. These 3E’s, as used in Educating for Sustainability, can be defined as such:

    Economy is the “exchange of goods” – in education, I teach students to see each other as a source of wealth. Economy doesn’t always mean money. It can mean sharing your gifts with others and receiving nothing, or something, in return. It can mean trading stuff, services, etc.

    Environment is “knowing and loving place” – in education, it’s important to connect a student’s world to his or her learning. Their world includes the people in it (family and friends), and their natural and man-made environments – playgrounds, libraries, museums, forests, deserts, bodies of water, etc.

    Equity is “relationships and empowerment” – in education, I believe the most important aspect of sustainability is fostering relationships among students, with teachers, and community members. By increasing a student’s connection to those around her, she builds confidence and self esteem. This, inevitably, can lead to feelings of self empowerment. The most important part of this aspect of sustainability is leading students to understand that connections with those around them will bring forth a rich, empowered life. Living, and learning, in isolation often brings them the opposite.

    • That’s funny! I recently read Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, “David and Goliath”, and he quoted someone else when he wrote, ” A politician looks towards his next election, whereas a statesman looks towards the next generation when making decisions.”

  3. Well, that’s all sensible enough, although I’m a little disappointed none of the E’s seem to be elephants, because everybody’s really impressed by elephants. Bring one in to speak and your presentation is going to be remembered as a success even if nobody knows why the elephant was there.

  4. maryinline: congratulations for an interesting topic… i am learning from all of your interactions cum conversations…and the sense of humor?, so fresh and just great…excellent start! let’s keep the ball rollin’

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