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 Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)


Criteria for Inclusion in a GSELS course 

Faculty include a minimum of three of the 18 GSELS Criteria for Inclusion listed below, which serve as learning objectives/outcomes, in each of their GSELS classes. 

GSELS Criteria for Inclusion:


1.     Explain the principles and ethical implications of the Earth Charter.

2.    Describe the roles of personal and social responsibility in securing Earth’s resources and beauty for present and future generations.

3.    Defend the rights to dignity and health of all living beings and/or the ecosystems in which they are embedded.  

4.    Explain how respect for Earth and biodiversity is essential for human and ecological health.

5.    Explain how cultural diversity, inclusion, compassion, nonviolence and peace are critical for global sustainability.

6.    Outline the history of Earth, the evolution of life, and humanity’s place in this timeline.

7.    Analyze situations and issues from a holistic systems thinking perspective.

8.    Explain how biomimicry can inform resilient, sustainable solutions.

9.    Consider how access to education, healthcare and economic prosperity are important for global sustainability.

10. Illustrate how uncontaminated air, water, and soil are fundamental to healthy ecosystems.

11. Analyze the interdependence of society, cultural diversity, the economy, and the environment. 

12. Describe how ethics influences poverty, the environment, and health in society.

13. Compare the impact of different human actions and attitudes on global sustainability and ecosystems.

14. Contrast business practices and economic models and their impact on global sustainability.

15. Explain the precautionary principle and how it can prevent unintended consequences on human and ecological systems.

16. Examine democratic principles that promote peace and global sustainability.

17. Apply knowledge and skills to engage in behavior that fosters global sustainability.

18. Participate in service-learning or other civic actions that model sustainability and resilience.



Learn more about the guiding philosophy behind GSELS

The Earth Charter



Thomas Berry's -Nature of Universe
 and  12 Principles
of Understanding the Universe,


Life Long Learning,
Environmental, Global and
Sustainable Education

Additional Resources:





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