In September this year the United Nations released 17 new sustainable development goals to transform our world. The UN provides a great website, its up to date, with an inter-active knowledge platform for educators and policy makers.
Please don't re-invent the wheel go to https://sustainabledevelopment.un
For more information about Recovery TAS 21st century sustainability program, or to book a Waste Wise Sustainability Education Tour please contact our internationally award winning Education Officer on Rena Dare, on 0400898673 or
Recovery can tailor education programs to suit your school, your group or your businesses needs, we cater for all ages and all abilities.
21st Century Sustainability & Waste Wise Education Programs
As a triple bottom line company, Recovery (Tas) Pty Ltd (here in Recovery) integrates the United Nations definition of sustainability in all aspects of its business i.e. plans for & delivers social, economic and environmental outcomes in equal measure; often referred to as the three P’s People, planet & Profit.
The education programs of Recovery focus on encouraging and facilitating others to do the same in face of major 21st century sustainability challenges. Excitingly waste provides a plethora of opportunity to discuss behavioural aspects of sustainability leading to change, and the direct application of the waste hierarchy of reducing, reusing, & recycling as the actions necessary to implement that change.
And waste is the perfect topic for cross curriculum sustainability teaching units because it’s reflective of societies values at any given time; it can be taught in math, it’s art, it’s social & industrial history, it’s the natural environment & systems, and every-one can relate to it from personal experience.
Recovery’s retail outlet the Recovery Shop, located at The Recovery Centre, is an education experience in itself with 33 departments of sale transforming the waste stream into products, materials and parts; over the past twenty-three years it has transformed community behaviour, values and practices as well. Leading on from this success Recovery internationally award winning Director Rena Dare designed new sustainability education program & trail to address matters critical to human survival, and to deliver 21st century sustainability outcomes.
The programmes aim to shift current attitudes that sustainability is an environmental issue that has been outsourced, excluding individual & collective responsibility, to a mature, realistic and practical understanding that leads people, community, government and business to action and opportunity in the face of 21st Century challenges.
The waste wise sculpture based sustainability education trail is a permanent outdoor exhibit & features sculptures of Tasmanian waste wise characters including but not limited to Wanda Waste Not, Want Not Wallaby© and her flock of waste wise champion wallabies, Fletch and his dog Lockwood, Mr Tinker Fix It, Flying Piggy, Mr Waste Wise Owl, Brad and Mr Bliss Cat. Each character and their associated interpretation signage provide unique discussion points, a sustainability vocabulary and positive actions. A free colouring in book is provided as well. Over 157,000 community members visited the trail in 2015.
All programmes conclude with participants’ agreeing to make a renewed personal & collective commitment to sustainability:
We will face the challenges of the 21st Century together
We will embrace technological, environmental and cultural change
We will accept collective responsibility
We will actively and consciously seek to establish and maintain strong social cohesion and inclusiveness &
We will act together expressing every day a love of community and love of place through sustainable actions.
Because waste is all about values, the education programmes are very much focused on the natural environment & behavior, themes include:
Critical thinking is also encouraged with participants’ exploring the inter-relationship between all three p’s, e.g. the United Nations estimates plastic in ocean ecosystems, as an outcome of poor social attitudes towards waste, has delivered an estimated loss to developing nations of $1.27 billion per annum.
The education programs designed and developed in Tasmania by Recovery are easily transferable to all ages, interests and culture. Re-use, repair, preservation & salvaging valuable objects, materials & products has been part of every human culture to date.
For more information or to book a tour please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
ph 62 74 10 46 or 0400 898 673
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 Forms of progress that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, Brundtland Report, 1987