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Learn about the importance of sustainability

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In our FREE online course we teach you about the importance of sustainability. To create a more equal and sustainable world, we need to learn about the systems that shape modern society.

It’s evident that these systems are no longer sustainable. But why?

Systems thinking

Systems thinking helps you connect the dots between modern systems and climate change or inequality, for example. This gives us a big picture understanding of what shapes modern society.

Energy

Module 1 of our online course teaches you about the unsustainable nature of our energy systems. The extraction and burning of fossil fuels contributes to climate breakdown. As a consequence, we are no longer connected to what sustains life on Earth. The web of life is an interconnected whole.

By extracting non-renewable resources we’ve disrupted the balance of ecosystems worldwide. Yet we depend on ecosystems to regulate the climate; to service our wellbeing. We are not separate from nature.

Money

Furthermore, our debt based money system extracts value from citizens at the expense of livelihoods, thereby widening the gap between the rich and the poor. Financial instruments like credit default swaps, mortgage-backed securities and household and student debt creates an underclass.

Thus, we are at he mercy of boom-and-bust cycles. The debt and misappropriation of financial instruments embedded in the banking system turns society into a field of economic exploitation. It’s therefore no longer about an exchange of value, but rather the extraction of value at the expense of others.

Food

Similarly, industrial agriculture contributes to soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and human disease. We’ve created a monoculture food system reliant on fossil fuels. We use poisons in the form of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides to grow food. This not only depletes life throughout the food chain, but by ingesting these toxins, we weaken our bodies.

What’s more, this compounds the problem of  over-reaching planetary boundaries. Unless we grasp the limits to growth there’ll be no way to overcome man’s negative impact on the natural world.

Systems thinking therefore teaches us to connect the dots, paving the way for change and sustainability.

Sustainability

Module 2 of our course focuses on the principles of sustainable design. Sustainability occurs on 3 distinct levels – economic, social and environmental. However, no one system operates in isolation.

Economic

The first skill focuses on the economic aspects of sustainability. Through the connection economy we shift to sustainable local economies. As a result, we teach you how to integrate closed-loop circular economies, using waste as a resource, capturing and storing energy, and remaining in harmony with the environment.

Economics cannot be separated from the environment as the two are closely related. Our economic systems have to be designed in such a way so as to regenerate the natural world.

Social

In social sustainability we tackle inequality and social divisions. As you align your identity with a sustainable narrative, you begin to live your purpose in The Social Age.

We’ve been conditioned by tribal circuitry to constantly think of ways to get ahead. Competition is the default mechanism for climbing the social ladder. But we are changing. We must therefore learn to embrace our differentiation as an integral part of the way society operates as a whole. To create sustainable systems, diversity must be integrated at every level of society.

Environmental

In environmental sustainability we use regeneration to create healthy environments. We teach you the value of climate change policy making and how to reverse climate breakdown. We also outline the value of growing carbon sinks and using renewable energy.

The way nature functions has to embedded in how we think, interact and relate. Nature provides the building blocks for a healthy, functioning society. Thus, instead of extracting from nature for short term profit, we must regenerate nature in alignment with our sustainability goals.

So would you like to learn more about sustainability within the context of transforming systems? Then sign up for our FREE online course, or download our FREE ebook. Together we can make a difference.

 

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