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Senior Lecturer, School of Education.
The field trip to Hawkesbury this week has allowed me to deepen my understanding of sustainability, in particular, environmental sustainability. Directly observing sustainable practices at EarthCare highlighted the extent in which we rely on our environments resources for our everyday needs. It has made me understand how far removed from self-sufficiency we actually are as a society. The push to be economically dominant has consequently driven us to a synthetic lifestyle. Society has adopted the belief that to have a 'good life' we must be modified and improved (Ball, J. McCabe, K, 2011). When in fact, our quality of life is decreasing and incidence of disease, physical and mental illness is on the rise (Ball, J. McCabe, K, 2011). The field trip has highlighted how conscious design that mimics the natural flows of nature can contribute to sustainability (Holmgren, 2007). I will continue to compost and as a teacher, I will ensure students understand the importance of compost and worm farms and educate them on what materials they use in their everyday lives can actually go back into the environment.
The excursion allowed me to see how easily sustainability can be achieved at home. Through the construction of ecologically sustainable buildings, using low energy consumption materials, such as mud brick and straw, we are able to reduce our environmental impact substantially. Features such as solar water heating, energy efficient light bulbs and sustainable toilets are also excellent additions to living sustainably. The design of the garden with the most used plants closest to the home was interesting. The use of worms to create compost was excellent to see as I do the same at home. Organically grown produce at the site (snow peas, etc) tasted great and has encouraged me to think about ways in which I can start growing organic veggies at my house in addition to the organic fruit we already grow. I would love to incorporate organic gardening into my teaching at school by creating a garden that can be tied in with sustainability lessons.