New Free Resources for Climate Change and Lifestyles and Ethical Finance

Dear all,

You may be interested to hear of two new freely downloadable publications of use in education for sustainable development for 15+ year olds.

The UNESCO/UNEP YouthXchange guidebook on climate change and lifestyles is the first in a series of thematic guidebooks supporting the YouthXchange Initiative. The thematic guidebooks take into account challenges, opportunities, good practices and case studies on global challenges. This new guidebook explores the links between climate change and lifestyles and helps young people consider the actions they might take towards more sustainable lifestyles. Aimed at young people (15-24 year olds) and people working with young people such as educators, teachers, trainers and youth leaders in both developed and developing countries, this guidebook provides scientific, political, economic, social, ethical and cultural perspectives on climate change.  It explains complex issues in accessible language supported by facts, graphics images, case studies, and resources. The guidebook includes the following sections: learning for change, changing climate, changing effects and impacts, lifestyle choices, good life, food, energy control, travel and transport, leisure and entertainment, shopping for stuff, money and jobs, connecting with others, taking action, and online resources.

It was launched at the recent 2011 Tunza Conference in Indonesia. The Guidebook (4.3 Mb) and a short promotional leaflet (1.9 Mb) are now downloadable. It is hoped that a hyperlinked version of the Guidebook will soon also be available.
Ethica -The Ethical Finance Game is an educational board and role-play game. It lets players assume the roles of bank customers, investment bankers or co-operative business entrepreneurs with money to save, invest and loan. It explores how well their ethical intentions stand up in the world of international finance. Players visit different banks where they can choose a share investment, cooperative investment or a savings account. Each investment gives the player either a positive or negative financial (Profit), social (People) and environmental (Planet) score. This score is partly dependent on news of the business investments, global economic news and partly based on chance. Needless to say that the most ethical family investor and bank investor win.
The focus on ethical finance education is particularly timely due to the financial banking crisis of 2008, which is still so much in the news, the increasing difficulty that students have in managing their personal finances and debts, as well as the growing range of financial products and services on offer to young people. Ethica is designed for between 6 and 27 15+ year old students in schools, colleges and universities as well as youth groups. It is particularly relevant to business, finance and economics students but also for the more informal curriculum as part of financial literacy programmes and personal and social education. Susted worked with five other european partners as part of the EU Leonardo project.

A promotional leaflet (1.5 Mb), as well as the game components (7 files) are freely downloadable, although the game can also be purchased. The Ethica social network site also includes teaching ideas, further resources and case studies, video links, teaching plans and follow-up.

Susted is now running workshops for educators related to these two publications, as well as developing related projects. Please contact me if you want to find out more.

Best wishes,
Adam Cade
DirectorSusted - Sustainability Education Consultancy
Brewery House, Ketton
Stamford PE9 3TA
UK