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Stewardship for Sustainability

Preamble Earth Charter

We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations. (Source)

Stewardship for a sustainable society and future

Stewardship, or Custodianship, for a sustainable society and future means that: (1) we recognise what our common destiny and shared responsibility is about, (2) we explore and honour what this means for you, me and us, and (3) we become a stand in the world for catalysing the changes that are needed for a sustainable and vibrant society and future.

When it comes to ‘stewardship’ there is so much that we can learn from indigenous people. Especially, in the area of climate change, indigenous people have been one of the first to observe these changes even before validated by scientific research. Indigenous communities are also the ones who are most impacted by climate change and an extraction-based economy. Their knowledge, voices, and solutions matter beyond their own wellbeing, there is much we can learn from them in how to safeguard and ensure the wellbeing and sustainability of the eco-systems on which all our lives depend.

Stewardship and the EFS Programme

Stewardship is a key component of the EFS Programme. In the BEC secondary schools that are participating in the EFS programme, stewardship is taught and practiced through the curriculum unit ‘Human Values’. Stewardship principles and practices are also facilitated and applied through the Eco-Clubs at school and through the Ecological Footprint activities. As one of the mentors from BPS Fatima College in Goodlands mentioned in their evaluation: “It was also noticed that the concept of protecting their environment, care-culture was being integrated in the course of the development of the students. A shift from ‘do not care attitude’ towards ‘responsible actions’ in the pupils was the biggest achievement of this project.”

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