The second part, as mentioned two days ago, of this thread is the presentation of the concept of sustainability to children. This is not a political statement or perspective. No person wishes to obliterate all resources from the planet: resources are necessary for development, production… indeed, for sustaining life.
The only way to introduce this idea to children is in a natural way: to show that life exists in the context of this world, this planet. The conditions of Earth are what gave rise to life, so we need to respect this fact and work within this context. Let children be IN the world, let them explore nature and come to appreciate it. Who among us does NOT value a ride on a boat, a hike in the woods, or whatever form of pleasure/connection you get from the natural world? That all life has emerged from nature suffices to show that we cannot leave it behind.
It has been argued that to present “green” perspectives, ecology, sustainability to children in schools has the effect of actually turning them off from caring about the natural world. This is because it is an abstract presentation, it is not connected to them via their experience. The result also can lead to fear and anxiety about acid rain and other “scary” outcomes. If the focus of creating a sustainable world is to scare children into this perspective by presenting horrible future outcomes “if we don’t change our ways”, then we’re actually setting up a scenario that will backfire. Children won’t actually care as adults because their there’s no real meaning attached to their caring.
We need to move beyond top-down lecturing, as with all things we hope to develop in children. We need to move towards, again, an experience-based educational approach, one that will actually develop understanding.