chapter  10
Sustainability and the humanities
WithMartin Ashley
Pages 20

The National Statement of Values tells us that ‘We value the environment, both natural and shaped by humans, as the basis of life and a source of wonder and inspiration’. It goes on to inform us that, on the basis of these values we should: ‘. . . accept our responsibility to maintain a sustainable environment for future generations’. What does the word ‘sustainability’ mean to you? If you immediately think of ‘Agenda 21’, the Rio Earth Summit or Kyoto, it probably means quite a lot. If these terms are unfamiliar to you, however, it may be helpful to begin with an explanation as to why we have devoted this and the next chapter in a book on the teaching of humanities for the twenty first century to a concept which is probably a great deal less familiar than such concepts as ‘history’ or ‘geography’.