Survival skills classes have always been a niche for the more rugged of us. Yet for those of us who actually don't want to know how to skin a deer, taking sustainability training instead may be the answer to a more environmentally aware world.
Technically, the idea of "sustainability" training is ridiculous, as far as what we know about entropy, right? I may have this wrong but in the end game we are all moving towards chaos, that full-circle recycling stuff doesn't exist. But we all know what sustainability training means here, like making up for the environmental camp we all missed out as kids, a place where we were supposed to go to learn how to think holistically, be mindful of the earth and the actions and promise not to wreak the world for profit when we get older.
I say we find some sustainability training now, as adults. After all, the world itself is sustainable, it is the humans who aren't. I've seen some courses popping up here and there, mainly out of academia, and frankly I don't buy it. Sustainability is about the real world, not quickly devised theory. We need science, no we need beyond science (another form of theory) we need what works. Nature works, let's look to nature to learn about sustainability, not what General Electric has to say about "eco."
The absolute closest I've found to discovering a system for living sustainability is through a Permaculture Design Course. I've written a number of articles on Permaculture because I really believe it is a fantastic resource to get that sustainability training that most of us need. The second way of thinking and acting about living sustainably comes from many indigenous cultures, such as the Mayan that created food forests near their homes, now found in modern day Belize. Unfortunately these forests are only 1/5 of what they used to be.
So much was to be learned from people who live off the land. Imagine if we took their insights and wisdom, coupled with advanced technology? I think that's a recipe for a very advanced society. Permaculture as well as learning from the successes of the past is how we can develop an on-going sustainability training tutorial. The best part, is there is no end in sight. Sustainability is a term that will continue to evolve along with society's notions of what an "eco-world" would look like. With hope and effort from everyone, that term may even become irrelevant in years to come. That could happen through just a few generations going through some form of sustainability training, so that becomes no longer necessary.