Innovative Sustainability Education

Last week Ken attended an International Education for Sustainable Development conference. This drew together a really interesting mix of delegates from many different countries; working in educational levels that went from young school-age children through to universities and life-long learning; and from disciplines that went from microbiology, engineering and architecture to business, sociology and geography. One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote speech delivered by Michael Wadleigh. He is best known as the Director of the movie Woodstock, the highest grossing documentary of all time, for which he won an Oscar in 1971. Rather quirkily, because he felt that it was the way ‘the people’ had embraced the movie that had made it so successful and won him the award, he felt it was a ‘People’s Oscar’. So instead of putting it in a glass case at home and displaying it, he travels with his statuette allowing anyone to hold, admire and have themselves photographed holding a ‘real’ Oscar (much to the conference delegates’ delight) more