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Candidates were then requested to do a short skit depicting these different eras – hunter-gatherers, agricultural revolution, industrial revolution and currently the information and globalization age.

Individuals were fully engaged and responsive throughout the environmental time line activity.  The time line depicted environmental disasters, crisis awareness, global and local events/summits/ movements and heroic environmentalists responding to growing environmental issues throughout the years to current times.

Discussions and overviews over how certain developments, ways of thinking and doing things have led to the current state of the Earth.  Globalisation (societies and nations) and international institutions contribute towards the environmental crisis as a direct result of human population growth and consumerism.     

The “Problem Tree”, an ecological tool, looks at causes and effects around an environmental issue.  This eye-opening activity focuses around issues in relation to the principles of environmental justice and sustainability.

A case study steered by Zodwa Maphanga (WESSA) offered a most inspiring insight to environmental issues at Mphophomeni.  Zodwa not only resides at Mpophomeni but is involved in working part time for her community by doing Oral History and assisting in Site Guiding for Mpophomeni Tourism.  Zodwa is also a representative for her community’s Police Forum Committee.

Tandalani from Enviro Champs assisted in contributing to the vast issues experienced within the Mphophomeni community concerning water and sanitation.  The issue of littering was also looked at.

Candidates were then treated to a packed tea at the Mandela Capture Site.  A quick visit to the Howick Falls was made on the way to Umgeni Valley, further illustrating environmental issues around biophysical, political, social and economic aspects. 

“The EETDP module 1 (People-Environment Relationships) was relevant and we will apply the knowledge gained.  We experienced how the people of Mpophomeni got involved in making changes in the environment and learned about the environmental issues they’re facing.  An aspect which made this course significant is that we got to realize that you don't need big ideas in order to have a big impact. Understanding that changes take time you need a lot of dedication and perseverance in order to become part of a bigger movement.” Busisiwe Winnie Fadana (SANPARKS) and Nomonde Vanessa Ngubane (Volunteer environmentalist – New Germany).

“Environmental Ethics” is the second module of the EETDP. This module explores how our notions of 'right' and 'wrong' are formed, how we can become more aware or conscious of our own values and beliefs and how these, often hidden, values and beliefs lead to what we do and how we behave in this world. We look at the field of environmental ethics and learn some of the language (jargon) that helps us talk about this complicated field in more depth. Then we look at how you can approach environmental ethics in an environmental education context.

The module on “Environmental Ethics” will take place from 18 to 22 May 2015 at either the SANBI Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg or Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, Howick - KZN.  Be inspired towards caring for the earth by partaking in the next empowering module(s) of the EETDP. 

COST for module 2:  R7914.00 per participant inclusive of VAT, tuition, learner materials, assessment, moderation, verification, certification, venue, teas and lunches during the contact session.  Exclusive of accommodation, travelling to and from venue, breakfasts and dinners.

For applications, please click on the following link:  http://sustained.org.za/index.php/courses/resources/8-wessa-employees-documents-and-procedures/135-eetdp-2013-application.html

 

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