Skill 3: Environmental Sustainability

Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. If we do not tackle it urgently, it will certainly lead to the collapse of our civilisation. Environmental and climate activist Bill Mckibben has compared the necessity of action on climate change to mobilization during WW2.

Nature is resilient; humanity, not so. Unless we learn to align our systems with nature, we will come off second best.

The industrial-military complex, consumerist society and the need for short-term profit has left us disconnected from nature. In order to create sustainable systems, we have to re-establish our connection with nature.

Perhaps more than just reconnecting with nature, we need to learn from her. What can nature teach us when designing sustainable systems of the future? Nature works cooperatively to create interconnected systems that regenerate.

Let’s apply this knowledge in the final part of the sustainability narrative – environmental sustainability.

The environmental sustainability section of this course will take you through 5 components:

  1. Regeneration (Part 1)
  2. Regeneration (Part 2)
  3. Climate Change Policy
  4. Combatting Climate Change
  5. Ecology
  6. Bioremediation
  7. Shifting Metrics

Working through this skillset, you will have a more complete outlook of what needs to be done at the environmental level to create sustainable outcomes.