The Modern Global Sustainable System of E3 - Education, Energy & Environment
E-3 is the core of understanding Sustainable Development. All other issues have their basis in the convergence of these themes and the highest priority from a human perspective is Education. Education is the basis upon which we learn and communicate ideas: therefore, it is appropriate that a focus on global issues of Energy and the Environment has Education as the common foundation.
Education is basically the only way out of the Energy and Environmental legacy world we inhabit. Without learning and communicating across cultures and generations: we cannot begin to understand the true consequences and costs of our behavior. We can learn to have a rich and abundant future with new thinking on how we treat our surrounding s and how we produce what we need for that prosperous future.
Sharing ideas and teaching through example: these are missions of the NCSD and address these three key components that will define sustainable development and a rich and prosperous future for all.
The ability of mankind to innovate when confronted with a “clear and present danger” is a long understood precept of human survivability. The ability to adapt is key to a successful market and political system and NCSD believes that the more societies share their experiences and “lessons learned,” the faster the adoption of solutions.
Education is communicating shared values. Understanding of shared values is the first step to cooperation and ultimately the peaceful ability to share the planet in a way that provides as much opportunity for achievement for future generations as was received by the previous generation.
We learn through demonstration and speed our understanding by improved communications. NCSD is a demonstration platform for innovation and also is working on innovative solutions to improve personal and cultural communications through technology.
Energy is the lifeblood of modern civilization and enables growth and prosperity. Traditional production methods and the long lasting effects of that production leave a great need for improvement. The consequences of short term economic benefit from energy acquisition and use can create consequences in terms of human health and safety that are long lived and remain a legacy for the world. Future generations will pay the full costs of past and current production methods and resulting pollution. Education derived from demonstration projects that work efficiently will help us to make informed choices and determine for ourselves what is acceptable behavior in the production and use of natural resources.
The Environment is where we all live, what we breathe, what we eat and how we shape it to suit both our economic and political needs. There is no escape from our treatment of the environment. The global environment is dynamic and mankind has been shaped by it for millennia – no different today. We can best prepare and explore economic models which in local and global ways begin to recognize the economic values of proper and sustainable use that allows current and future generations to benefit from a sustainable environmental model.
Human education on environmental issues was historically a local issue – when populations were small and the effect on land, water and air were in balance with the environment’s ability to heal itself. Now the need for education has never been greater due to our overwhelming demands on the environment. Rather than taking a passive view we need to pursue shared long term education on how to live more “lightly “on the land, water and air. How we can change to be more frugal with current resources in order to be more prosperous in the long term.