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Re-thinking Progress

The Circular Economy

Secondary

Description

'Re-thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works.  It suggest that we move from our current liner economic structure based on take, make, and dispose to a circular economy where we build resource capital so that today's goods become tomorrow's resources and we license rather than own goods. Such a system would be modelled on the natural world in which the concept of waste is foreign.    

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Re-Thinking Progress introduces a big idea - buildiong a restorative economy in which the biological cycle becomes a model for our technical cycle. The video serves to introduce students to the concept but they and the teacher must then examine its implications at the socio-economic level. Such an examination touches upon a number of curriculum areas.

  • Economics - production and consumption of goods, economic choices, corporate responsibility
  • Geography - resource mangagement
  • Environmental Science - sustaainable consumption, carrying capacity, waste management
  • Science - science, technology and society 
  • Social Studies - government regulations, citizen responsibility, prefered futures

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Sustainable Consumption
  • Economics (1)

    • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Waste Management (3)

    • Cradle-to-Cradle
    • Solid Waste Disposal
    • Source Reduction
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