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 Bunker Roy is an Indian social activist who founded the "​barefoot college"​. His focus is in educating illiterates and semi illiterates women in rural areas. He has cut across regions in India, Africa and Afghanistan and he empowers people (women) by understanding their background and has been able to infuse that in his sustainability goal. His aim was to provide basic services and infrastructures to rural communities and enable them be self-sufficient. His program has aided many women by teaching them technical skills in solar engineering,​ health care, rural handicrafts etc. and has been able to achieve women'​s empowerment,​ wasteland development and most important, education. Furthermore,​ he has been able to achieve success in other regions with the help of former students. Finally, he describes Barefoot College as "a place of learning and unlearning: where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher."​ Bunker Roy is an Indian social activist who founded the "​barefoot college"​. His focus is in educating illiterates and semi illiterates women in rural areas. He has cut across regions in India, Africa and Afghanistan and he empowers people (women) by understanding their background and has been able to infuse that in his sustainability goal. His aim was to provide basic services and infrastructures to rural communities and enable them be self-sufficient. His program has aided many women by teaching them technical skills in solar engineering,​ health care, rural handicrafts etc. and has been able to achieve women'​s empowerment,​ wasteland development and most important, education. Furthermore,​ he has been able to achieve success in other regions with the help of former students. Finally, he describes Barefoot College as "a place of learning and unlearning: where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher."​
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 Bunker Roy has been able to achieve social, environmental and economic sustainability for these women in rural communities as they are not just educated, they recycle products, utilize renewable energy, improve quality of life and economic production.I personally relate to his ideas as I believe in education and empowerment. When people are educated and empowered, they are able to be self-sufficient and also achieve sustainability in their own locality. Bunker Roy has been able to cut across parts of the three main arms of sustainability (economic, social, environment) and I end with his quote “Strengthen the rural areas and you will find less people migrating to urban areas. You give them opportunity,​ self respect and self confidence, they will never go to an urban slum”. Bunker Roy has been able to achieve social, environmental and economic sustainability for these women in rural communities as they are not just educated, they recycle products, utilize renewable energy, improve quality of life and economic production.I personally relate to his ideas as I believe in education and empowerment. When people are educated and empowered, they are able to be self-sufficient and also achieve sustainability in their own locality. Bunker Roy has been able to cut across parts of the three main arms of sustainability (economic, social, environment) and I end with his quote “Strengthen the rural areas and you will find less people migrating to urban areas. You give them opportunity,​ self respect and self confidence, they will never go to an urban slum”.
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 [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Bunker_Roy|External Link]] ​ [[http://​www.onlinecollege.org/​2012/​06/​26/​the-10-greatest-social-entrepreneurs-all-time/​|External Link]] [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Bunker_Roy|External Link]] ​ [[http://​www.onlinecollege.org/​2012/​06/​26/​the-10-greatest-social-entrepreneurs-all-time/​|External Link]]
  
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 +**SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE EDUCATION**
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 +This is a project launched by Nobel Laureate Dr. Lee Hartwell. The project is based in Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and its aim is to empower K-8th grade educators with an understanding of how science, technology, design, and effective governance can create a sustainable society, and to inspire educators with the ability to translate these concepts. To
 +create a sustainable future, children should know learn how to live sustainably and the best way to achieve this is by been taught in school from an early age. This is where training of
 +teachers on sustainability comes in, so they can impart the knowledge on their students. When teachers’ knowledge, skills and attitude towards sustainability is improved, it is only expected
 +that the students will have a positive attitude towards sustainability. Imparting this knowledge on students and also from parents to their wards gives the future generation the required tools, knowledge and skills to live sustainably. Thereby, moving closer to actualizing sustainability.
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 +**Exam Questions**
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 +Q1. In your perspective,​ explain which arm of sustainability should be considered most important?
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 +Explanation:​ There are three major arms of sustainability and they are Economy, Environmental and Social Sustainability. Which of the arm is a prerequisite to achieving sustainability agenda, that without success in that arm, we cannot truly and completely achieve sustainability.
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 +Q2. Is population growth really a threat to achieving sustainability?​
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 +Explanation:​ People have been preaching a decrease in population. However, statistics show us that some parts of the world with more population do not consume as much as other parts of the world with less population. Therefore, is the threat to sustainability mainly a population or consumption threat.
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 +Q3. Who defines sustainability and how should it be harmonized in respect to regions, developed and developing countries?
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 +Explanation:​ Considering sustainability is a vast idea and concepts such as car sharing, recycling, reusing, re-manufacturing,​ refurbishing is already a norm in developing countries. Who then defines sustainability,​ as the concepts written earlier seems a recent concept in developed countries. ​
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 +Q4. How should sustainability be measured?
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 +Explanation:​ In relation to the previous question, sustainability is respective to regions. Some countries are more socially sustainable,​ while some are environmentally sustainable or economically sustainable. Should sustainability then be measured based on individual arms or as a whole.