Some ideas about sustainability to include in your teaching

// Sustainability topics provide rich material for your teaching and learning resources and may already be familiar to learners, for example: carbon footprint, environment, consumerism, recycling, human rights, climate change and resilience. The example using climate change below as a theme shows how many different ways just one topic can be used to support your teaching.

Some  pedagogical methods are particularly well suited to communicating sustainability values and thinking, including:

  • Interdisciplinary learning (e.g. using language teachers’ other skills such as making jewellery from recycled objects, growing food etc. which could be incorporated into a lesson in the target language).

Useful links and further reading                                        

Please refer to our website where you find a range of interesting links and resources for further reading in all languages of the project.


Practical and useful tips and news on the topic sustainability; clearly structured and usable in the class-room

A big selection of activities and materials on sustainability for the class-room (mainly for schools)

Platform on the topic „global learning“ with further information on the topic and educational material

Homepage of the Austrian project-partner of the EU-project „Know your Lifestyle“ with practical and useful activities to introduce the topic sustainability in basic education

Homepage of Baobab, also partner in the EU-project „Know your Lifestyle“, also with practical and useful activities to introduce the topic sustainability in basic education



Information about how you throw away your garbage/waste (in Swedish).   (Don’t throw away food)

Lärarrummet (teachers room) from 11yrs to 16 yrs but language would suit adults learning  Swedish (in Swedish);  Exercises, short videos, food-diary.

The goods we handle and many services we use affect the environment in several ways. In manufacturing, use, recycling and waste management. If we are to reduce the negative environmental impacts and achieve Swedish environmental quality objectives, we must change our consumption. (in English and Swedish)

Maintaining good environmental concerns fully utilize and conserve the forest’s natural production capacity. Work for sustainable production practices that increase growth and is compatible with good environmental stewardship.  Partly for teaching. (Swedish Forest Agency in English and Swedish)

Android phone Fairphone : Now you can also get a fair environment mobile . Article about the eco-friendly fair mobile. The phone got a lot of attention when it was first presented because, according to the manufacturer stated to be the first mobile phone that is manufactured with a focus on both environmental friendliness and fairness. 

What is sustainable production?

–  general information brochure  (in Swedish)

Sustainability information in all three topics. (in Swedish English and Chinese)

Food pyramids useful for teaching –to inspire and provide tools for sustainable eating habits with practical tips and tools (in Swedish)

A Green Planet Cookbook- all aspects and actors of the food chain. Cookbook to read online or download Contains recipes but also lots of information (in Swedish and English)



How not to waste food. (in Swedish – some of it easy to translate  )

Policy for sustainable development and food (in Swedish)



Information about the Water Framework Directive of the German Green Liga in several languages (Czech, Polish, German and English)

Portal on all different subjects of sustainability with interesting publications on plastics, waste, trade (in German)

A site that concentrates on stopping food waste and the ways to share food with the help of “Food baskets” (in German)

Stop food waste. Page of the German Ministry of Environment with a lot of useful tips on how to shop and store food and prevent food waste (in German)

Do not play with food? Watch this video and talk in class about what you think!




A definition of “sustainability”


The 17 goals for sustainable development until 2030 in the world, very well explained:


The 17 specific measures Spain has to take regarding sustainable development goals:


The guide for sustainable development developed by the European Union in 2007 in Spanish:





Send A Cow: Lessons From Africa

A series of general sustainability learning resources based on African themes including climate change, health to poverty and recycling; includes videos (vimeo) lesson plans, source materials, PPTs (English)


Connected: a sustainable future

By Forum for the Future – 32pp booklet aimed at ICT businesses on impact of ICT – useful reference info – can be adapted (English)


Sustainability Living Suite

A set of videos to enable those with secondary science education to understand the set of intersecting issues around sustainability. Their design uses the framework of the Fink Taxonomy of Significant Learning. The videos cover six themes: Systems thinking; Sustainable Development; Population; Energy; Water and Materials. (English)


Youth xchange

Climate change and lifestyles, published by UNESCO – Articles & photos on aspects of sustainability each with a ‘Get Active’ learning activity (English)


Stop disasters!

A disaster simulation game  (English)


Czech Republic     Website about fairtrade shopping (electronics, flowers, toys, clothes, cocoa, tropical fruits, coffee, outdoor equipment). Plus interesting facts about child labour, low wages, discrimination, poor work conditions, climate change, etc. Other initiatives: educating, inspiring. (In English, Czech)   Website about composting and eco-education, eco-shopping. Contains worksheets and materials that can be downloaded. (in Czech)

Website about a school with a sustainability programme. Description plus ideas on how to implement sustainability in teaching.  (In English, German, Czech)

Web based application or interactive game that guides users through the process of calculating their carbon footprint. Easy interface, simple instructions, eye-opening results. (In Czech)AA