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August 17, 2023

Digging deeper into Sustainability: A ‘how to’ guide, Online CPD, Oct 17th OR 18th 2023

Age Group:
Junior Cycle / Senior Cycle / Transition Year
  • sustainability
  • WWGS Global Citizenship Education

Event Date

October 17th - 18th 2023

Event Time

9:30 - 11:30 AM OR 4:00 - 6:00 PM



Digging deeper into Sustainability: A ‘how to’ guide

This CPD is for all educators and management. A ‘how to’ guide for engaging with any themes, policies, or actions around Sustainability in the most impactful way.

Workshop Resources

Video Recording

The recording includes the following chapters:

  • Sustainability as a topic and theme within schools
  • Exploring the 4 pillars of sustainability
  • Digging deeper into solutions, ‘green growth’, and the values of a wellbeing centred approach. 
  • Sustainability ‘wish list’ for school policies using all pillars of sustainability. 
  • examples and tools for exploring sustainability in school, available NGO and Network support, and additional resources, podcasts, and films. 

Watch  here


Please find the presentation in different formats:

  • Genially interactive link to the presentation: here
  • Google slides version: here

Further Learning & Resources Mentioned

WorldWise Global Schools mentioned links

  • Upcoming training and events: here
  • WWGS Education officers: here
  • WWGS Teacher guidebook for download:here 
  • WWGS Case Studies: here
  • WWGS Instructional video: How to apply for substitution: here

Other resources

  • ESD Sustainability toolkit for schools: here
    From this link you can click on the sustainability self-assessment tool, and policy template to adapt and use with students. 
  • The Story of Stuff Project (animated movies, and an overall movement, which critically explores mass consumption)  

For example: 

  • Ad Buster website: Spoof ads to encourage critical thought and discussion here
  • Comhlámh resource on extraction and connection to earth here

Books linked to sustainability for the classroom

  1. Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
  2. Broken Glass by Sally Grindley 
  3. Why the Moon Travels by Oein DeBharduin – wonderful folktales from the Traveller oral tradition.



-Trocaire make it your business campaign (human rights and environment) here

Teacher and Student led Networks to engage with: 

Example NGOs to work with on Sustainability 

Further resources



  • Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet (ad- on netflix): The 75-minute film takes the audience on a journey of discovery of planetary thresholds we must not exceed. It offers the solutions we can and must put in place now if we are to protect Earth’s life support systems.
  • Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Directed by Jeff Gibbs | Full Documentary This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. 
  • Schooling the Word documentary Provokes discussion on cultural sustainability, and what has become ‘valued’ in the western world, and thus the dominant model of how the world works. 
  • Video on Jubillee debt campaign Foundational video for discussion around post-colonial legacies, and its impact on human rights and sustainability for the global north and global south. 
  • The luckiest nut in the world Film follows an animated American peanut, who sings about the difficulties faced by nuts from developing countries. Discusses unfair trading practices.

Websites with additional resources

  • Useful infographics, debate topics, photo stories, cartoons, and classroom resources available to browse by topic.
  • / Wide range of global learning classroom resources, including exploring empathy and compassion, across a wide range of topics.  
  • (National Youth Council of Ireland I): Excellent youth centred resources with in class activities. eg. Globalisation, Climate Justice, Activism.  
  • (Financial Justice Ireland): Financial and Trade Justice resources: Business, Maths, LCA Social Education, LCA Maths, SC Politics and Society, TY Module : How the World Works (links to all subjects) 
  • Classroom resources and teacher professional development resources, on racial justice, intersectionality, and human rights, and ‘hard history’ 
  • introduction to the SDG’s, including a breakdown of the targets under each goal. 
  • educational tools, resources, and campaigns to engage students in learning through the SDGs