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           We Have a Choice

PRINCIPLE ONE—Life Is an Open-Ended Experiment
           Lesson 1:  It Is Wise to Have a Beginner's Mind

PRINCIPLE TWO—Everything We Do Is An Exercise In Relationships
Lesson 2:  Everything is Defined by its Relationships
Lesson 3:  All Relationships Have Consequences
Lesson 4:  Composition, Structure, and Function Are Intertwinded
Lesson 5:  Context Affects Relationship
Lesson 6:  We See the World through Our Own Lens

PRINCIPLE THREE—Change Is a Universal Constant
Lesson 7:  Sustainability and Change Are Continual Processes
Lesson 8:  Cumulative Effects, Lag Periods, and Thresholds Are Key
Lesson 9:  All Change Is to Some Extent Irreversible
Lesson 10:  We Live in the Invisible Present

PRINCIPLE FOUR—Act Locally and Affect the Whole World
Lesson 11:  Our Actions Have Consequences
Lesson 12:  Consider the Long-term Consequences First
Lesson 13:  There's Always a Tradeoff

PRINCIPLE FIVE—Ecology and Economy Are Each One Half of the House We Live In
Lesson 14:  Reinvest in Systems as if They're Big Business
Lesson 15:  Our "House" Is a Global Commons
Lesson 16:  The World is a Living Trust

PRINCIPLE SIX—Relationships, Not Numbers, Keep Systems Sustainable
Lesson 17:  Self-Reinforcement—The Secret of Stable Systems
Lesson 18:  Sustainability—It's About Effectiveness, Not Efficient
Lesson 19:  "Simple" Doesn't Equal "Better"

PRINCIPLE SEVEN—We Can Only Manage Ourselves
Lesson 20:  Democracy Nurtures Sustainability
Lesson 21:  We Always Have a Choices
Lesson 22:  We Become What We Oppose When We React Instead of Responding
Lesson 23:  Acceptance Is the Key
Lesson 24:  A Wise Response Dependents on Reflection
Lesson 25:  You Can Always Start Today

PRINCIPLE EIGHT—True Sustainability Requires a Shared Vision
Lesson 26:  Shared Vision Is a Necessity

EPILOGUE:  Teaching Kids to Change the World—From Vision to Reality

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"Not just another social action or service project how-to book, this supplemental educational resource help adults teach young people how to think about a broad range of social issues, not just what to think about them. Thematic lessons and inspired examples help students in grades 6-12 comprehend long-term change and the costs of sustainability."

Search Institute

"Through a series of modules, this resource offers educators and youth-group leaders a means of inspiring social consciousness and action among youth and teaches young people how to think, rather than what to think. Without money, power, or the right to vote, how do children and teenagers find a voice in society? How can educators and leaders talk meaningfully with students about such broad concepts? Avoiding partisan politics and moral debates, this resource equips educators with philosophical discussion questions, concrete illustrations, and active examples. Each component sets forth a theme or principle about change; a classroom experiment or activity that illustrates the theme; and an example of a social action or service project in which young people can participate to help create the change they wish to see, showing youth their role in the societal and environmental changes that occur across decades or even centuries."

Independent Publishers Group
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