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Teaching sustainability values

In a recent conference in Istanbul, a delegate expressed wondrous surprise that her three year-old daughter displayed concern for water conservation while brushing her teeth. She said that she would not expect such behaviour from older children or indeed adults. Her wonder would come as a surprise to most in the poorer countries of the world where conservation is a way of life … conservation of water, of energy, of space, of paper and so on are values ingrained in us from childhood. Don’t waste food, take as much as you can finish - a common diktat in most households. Share your meagre resources – a common refrain.

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