„Introduction to sustainability“ was the topic of the 8-week course held at Tbilisi State University. The course introduced academic approach of Earth Systems and explored how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation, resource limitations. The course focused on key knowledge areas including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environment economics and policy, ethics and cultural history.
The participants of the course were from different Universities, mainly from Tbilisi State University students. Fifteen students were elected by applications and interview. The course included readings, videos, discussion and quizzes. The class aimed both: introduce a wide variety of Earth System concepts and to provide sufficient background content (knowledge).
After the course students would be able to recognize and use earth System concepts in a wide variety of settings. They have knowledge to connect the role of the scientific, technical, and social elements of Earth System. They would also be able to critique multiple sides of Earth System issues and arguments.
At the end of the course students were given certificates for accomplishing the course. The most successful students, who had the best results in quizzes, took the symbolic prizes from oikos Tbilisi.
We believe that social, ecological and economic sustainability belong together and are essential elements for a better tomorrow. Therefore we try to reach as many students as possible and make sustainability a constant companion in their future decisions.
Here are some comments from the participants:
“Great project that depths our understanding of the world that we are living in. There were so many new ideas, it’s pretty amazing. Sustainability is related to the quality of life in a community — whether the economic, social and environmental systems that make up the community are providing a healthy, productive, meaningful life for all community residents, present and future.
This course covered broad topics such as population, ecosystem, climate change , energy use , agriculture, water , environmental economics and policy, ethics and so on. Before starting the project I read one article about sustainable development, I found it pretty interesting, after I decided to take this course. Now I understand there so many things we can do to become more sustainable. We can cut down on our use of energy, which comes from the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels in power stations, and use what energy we do need more efficiently. We can recycle some of the waste we generate and try to limit the amount we produce in the first place. And we can consider adopting more environmentally friendly forms of transport, such as walking and cycling or public transport. At the same time there is a great role of Governments and industries to investigate cleaner ways of generating electricity, using renewable energy sources such as wind power, solar power, hydroelectric power, bio-fuels, wave power and so on. Thanks to this project now I’m able to understand sustainability discussions as well as possible ways of keeping our planet healthy for us and our future generation. This project gave to me the fundamental knowledge about Sustainable Development and now with this knowledge I’m ready for many researches in this field.”
Tinatin Mumladze: “This course was the best experience of in-depth learning of sustainable development for me. I learned a lot of valuable information, which, I am sure, will certainly pay off! Discussing different topics with the group after having watched the video lessons was really interesting. I truly appreciated project director’s professionalism, knowledge and patience with us and I’m looking forward for the next courses.”
Tamo Chartolani: “The course Introduction to Sustainability was very interesting experience for me, I learned many important things about sustainability. Improved my knowledge how to solve or even try to solve problems about sustainability. It was a great course. Thank you for curse and for sharing the important information for future generations.”