Making the Connection Between Science and Sustainability
Despite climate change being a well-known issue in today’s world, there are relatively few individuals who take this issue to heart and step up to create substantial change.
Viewing the climate crisis through the lens of science allows people to more clearly witness the ubiquitous impacts of climate change and take a firmer stand to achieve sustainable development. For example, many people do not identify the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the consequences of climate change, despite the fact that some of its major causes include air pollution, rising temperatures, and the destruction of animal habitats giving way to zoonoses.
Thus, it is important to recognize that science and sustainability are intrinsically connected—not only are the health of human and natural ecosystems heavily affected and altered by the climate crisis, but having an understanding of science will also equip us to better achieve sustainable development.
In many regions of the world, early childhood education foregoes both climate change and STEM education entirely. Enter Scistainability. Scistainability makes this essential education more accessible and is dedicated to sustainability awareness through science education and amplifying the voices of youth on global issues.
Through providing support, resources, and mentorship to members who strive to create safe and sustainable future environments, Scistainability equips elementary and middle school students with informative and engaging lessons at the intersection of science and sustainability. By facilitating these conversations across the globe, Scistainability has united a team of diverse volunteers from across the world who establish chapters at their local schools, community centers, and clubs. In this way, Scistainability’s global members serve as role models who encourage younger students in their local communities to join the discussion and grow into globally conscious future leaders. Furthermore, by carefully crafting and translating, when necessary, the curricula for each participating country, Scistainability continues to acknowledge global diversity and demonstrate its uniting commitment to cultural sensitivity, even as it scales its reach and impact.
Scistainability’s lessons remain fully free, particularly since the organization has the unique opportunity to directly underscore to those that need to hear it that STEM is not a field dictated by the amount of resources one has, but rather by passion and drive. Ultimately, Scistainability allows youth—both volunteers and pupils—to grow as upstanders and changemakers who take the lead in creating safe and sustainable future environments.