||As a final project for the course 128.402 Rural Landscapes hosted in Clearwater, Manitoba in August of 2006, a learning resource for grade 10 science educators was developed (see Powerpoint Presentation “How to Live on an Acre”).
This paper is written to describe the foundation on which the learning resource is based and to describe recent developments that have provided momentum for emphasizing rural education, particularly in the context of sustainable development. The applicability of The United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD), the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) and The Natural Step’s document “Agriculture from a Scientific Perspective: A Consensus Document from The Natural Step, the Swedish Farmers’ Federation (LRF), and the Swedish Ecological Farmers’ Federation (ARF)” (Robert, 2000) are discussed.
It is with these recent developments in mind that this paper strives to provide opportunity for development of further educator resources that address sustainability in rural environments; and enhance opportunities for individuals, organizations, and local governments to cooperate to this end. A case is made for the adoption of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as the document to provide the framework for such cooperation.