Economic Sustainability

Time required: 30-40 minutes

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe and compare different types of economies and different ways to measure them
  • Define economic sustainability, economy, economic growth, and externalities
  • Connect economic sustainability to the UN SDGs
  • Identify opportunities to improve economic sustainability in New Brunswick

Module summary

  1. Introduction to economic sustainability
  2. What is a good economy?
  3. Definitions
  4. Economic sustainability and the UN SDGs
  5. Check your understanding quiz
  6. Focus on: Circular economies
  7. Alternative systems
  8. Focus on: Indigenous gift economies
  9. Reflection
  10. Conclusion

Call to action

Next time you step outside, take a few minutes to identify some of the sources of abundance in your neighbourhood. Do you have neighbours growing vegetable gardens or pollinator patches? Does your neighbourhood have any community spaces, parks, or green spaces? Are there any “little libraries” or out-of-home services?

Then take a few more minutes to think about other ways that you and your neighbourhood could increase abundance and/or use aspects of sharing or gift economies to help improve well-being of those within the community.

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