The world we know and love is in danger. The financial, social, political and environmental crises we are faced with on a daily basis has forced us to rethink the way we live and work. If we are to leave a legacy for generations to come, we need to understand what sustainability, green economy and green entrepreneurship is, and how these can be integrated in the South African school curriculum. Commerce subjects in the Senior and FET phase are viable curricula in which these notions could be integrated. Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) (Grades 7-9) and Business Studies (Grades 10-12) are identified as school subjects that present the opportunity to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
Educators are the key towards facilitating learners’ shift to sustainable ways of life, in a technological and information-driven age where change is at the order of the day. Educators in all educational settings can guide learners towards realising their role and responsibility in transforming themselves and society towards sustainability, and the realisation of Sustainable Development Goals can help learners understand the complex choices that sustainable development requires and motivate them to transform themselves and society.