UNESCO identifies the RSM as a ‘Good Practice’ in ESD and Culture!

In March, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) was singled out as a ‘good practice’ in education for sustainable development (ESD), as part of a UNESCO research project called Linking Culture, Education and Sustainability: Good Practices and Experiences from Around the World.”  Details about the project have just been posted at http://insight.glos.ac.uk/SUSTAINABILITY/UNESCOCULTURE/, so policy-makers and practitioners can learn more about the relationships between ESD, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. 

 

Initiated last fall through the University of Gloucestershire, this study was undertaken after a global review that showed culture lagging behind in policies and strategies aimed at ESD objectives. The aim was to increase appreciation for the cultural dimensions of sustainability by collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about inspiring ESD practices, across a wide range of stakeholders.

 

From over 50 submissions, the researchers selected 25 examples of a ‘good practice’ around ESD and culture, producing a list that covers 17 different countries and 6 continents.   Only one other Canadian example was selected, and the only other example from a museum is a global project out of the World Aquarium in St. Louis. 

The RSM made the cut because of displays, programs, and research associated with The Human Factor exhibit, which aims to instil a sense of wonder and concern about the global ecosystem and the different phases of human cultural development, to encourage personal reflection about our dependence on nature and human communities, and to stimulate discussions and actions that might put individuals and their communities on a sustainable path.  Cultural issues are especially evident in a series of displays known as the “towers,” which represent concentrations of social and political power associated with the industrialized worldview.