Concurso Haceb 2014

concurso diseño Haceb  Colombia

Innovación de producto desde el ecodiseño

Taller innovación de producto ecodiseño mypimes Colombia
Una sesión práctica para fomentar la aplicación del ecodiseño a través del pensamiento creativo y trabajo colaborativo.

Jueves 29 de agosto. 5-8pm.
Hub Bogotá: Cl 69 # 6 - 20.

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When do we start thinking sustainably?

Monika Jankauskaite Sustainability

Sustainable design is not only about the environmentally friendly design. It also addresses the consumption patterns and our daily habits, which are heavily influenced by our socio-cultural environment. We acquire those through a daily routine at home, at school, and at workplace. What do we eat, how do we spend our time, what do we buy, etc.? Also, parents and caregivers pass on their knowledge and we learn from them about how we should live and what and how we should consume. And what if the ‘normal’ way of living we now practice includes having a TV on all day; or taking a 30-minute shower; or packing all the food in plastic bags and later on disposing them without a second glance; or having bottled water every day? Do we ever stop to think that our ‘normal’ way of living is actually damaging the environment? Hardly.

Firstly, many countries encourage mass consumption driven growth. The more the consumption the better is the economy. Secondly, having goods and gadgets also defines our social status. And that means the more we have the better our situation is. And in many cases our need to have more and to live better is more important than the environment. And finally, today most of us live in a city and might have never seen a strawberry plant or live chicken, as there aren’t that many spaces in urban areas to actually make a connection with nature.

So, what we could do?

One of the possible answers is to focus on education for sustainability not only for adults but also for children. We can “equip children with the attitudes, values, knowledge and skills necessary to rethink and change current patterns of action and to secure healthy, just and sustainable futures for all” (Davis, 1998).

Monika Jankauskaite Sustainability

It is important to allow children to experience environment and to give them a possibility to build a respect for the living creatures, plants and, sic, other people. Education for sustainability is not only about teaching our little ones, but also about creating spaces where they can actively learn, participate and express their concerns and ideas. We could start with little steps, for example, teaching children the importance of water and how to save it; learning to recycle; growing and taking care of plants, either at home or at the school garden. As parents and caregivers we could require that focus on sustainability was included in formal curriculum at schools. 

And what would you propose?

More on early childhood education for sustainability:
Davis (ed.), 2010, Young Children and the Environment, Cambridge University Press
Davis, J., 1998, Chapter 11 “Young Children, Environmental Education, and the Future”, in Education and the Environment, Norman Graves (ed.), [http://eprints.qut.edu.au/1309/1/davis.pdf]

Monika Jankauskaite
MSc Social Development Practice
University College London, U. of London
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