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Gaia Education Design for Sustainability programme is intended to serve the purpose of educating for the transition to comprehensive sustainable culture – broadly global in scope yet determinedly local in application. It will focus on fundamental principles, themes, and aspects needing to be addressed in any comprehensive introduction to sustainability design and development.
The education programme is consistent with and representative of key values in the greater ecovillage community, values that include: honoring unity through diversity; celebrating diverse cultures and creeds; practicing racial, cultural, and gender equality; promoting social justice and environmental awareness; striving for peace and local self-determination; raising consciousness and human potential; and, generally, respecting the living Earth as our planetary home.
Project-based learning is key to the Design for Sustainability program. Refer to our Case Studies page to see some of the projects developed by GEDS participants.
REGISTER NOW FOR GAIA EDUCATIONS FREE WEBINAR: Shifting the Global Economy Towards Sustainability
The second webinar in our series will give a better understanding of how the global economy currently works and the urgency we face to create change, recognizing that the global economic system can be a major obstacle to local change and that there is a need to change the ground rules of global economics if we are ever to create a sustainable society at the local level.
Ross Jackson, author of the book “Occupy World Street”, will put forward an alternative international political/economic model to deal with the dilemma facing the world community and a concrete strategy to implement it. This webinar will give information presented in the Gaia Education EDE curriculum, including:
- An understanding of how the global economy currently works and the urgency we face to create change.
- Ways in which the global economy can be turned towards sustainability, and some of the solutions being proposed by our invited special presenter.
More information on our webinars here.
Gaia Education programmes aim to equip students of all ages with the practical skills and analytical depth to design a society which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste.
Students learn how to become sustainability designers and change agents taking active roles in transitioning their existing communities, institutions and neighbourhoods, to more sustainable patterns of production and consumption, as well as leading more joyful, meaningful and healthier lives.
The Gaia Education Curriculum guides students through a process of design that integrates all key components of sustainability into a holistic project, ready for implementation. Students come out with the knowledge and overall skills to design sustainable systems rooted in the local culture, using available renewable resources. They can apply this knowledge to continue developing their careers as sustainability experts, consultants, and developers.