1. IntroductionIt is noticeable that modern businesses arefocused more on maximizing production and productivity at the expense ofenvironmental sustainability and management. Current efforts by manufacturers includeusing renewable energy sources and focusing on recycling among otherenvironmental practices that have been accepted as public relations than the actualobjective of achieving corporate social responsibility. This has led toincreased instances of “green-washing customers into purchasing products thatdo not fully support environmental sustainability” (Andrews, 310). These practices outline the challenge for increasedconsumer behavior where consumers prefer fast fashion and follow latest trends,while firms are producing goods that are definitely short-lived.
This uncontrolledculture is supported by the concept of planned obsolescence where manufacturersare reducing the lifespan of products to sustainable production and sales. Thisenvironmental sustainability paper seeks to educate manufacturers andgovernment organizations.2. Educational Context andTarget GroupThe scope of thetarget group qualifies the context for the meeting to be organized into aformal type of educational session. The sessions will be organized inpartnership with environmental organizations, as well as the United NationsEnvironmental Program (UNEP) (Huckle & Arjen, 497). Moreover, it will involve attending a well-plannedmeeting that is detailed and realistic to the views of sustainable policies togovern manufacturing activities.
The target groupis composed mainly of manufacturers. Also, it will include representatives fromthe government sectors in charge of policies on environmental management,conservation and sustainability.3.
Specific Goal(s) andObjective(s) of Educational ExperienceThe topic offocus is to increase the lifespan of products to reduce depletion of naturalresources. The government has to execute policies aimed at protectingnon-renewable resources by setting limits for the lifespan of some products toreduce the impact of planned obsolescence.The key messageto manufacturers is to invest extensive time into research and development toimprove the quality of their products. This is more focused on targeting non-decayingproducts such as electronics, which could be created to have a longer lifespan.This should be confirmed through laws that ensure that firms produce long-lastingproducts.
The lesson aimsto create awareness of the fact that manufacturers are shortening the lifespanof products and designing them in a manner that makes them fail within a giventime. Such failure forces consumers to purchase new products while being forcedto dispose of the old one. This issue causes disposal problems while alsodepleting available resources.The key questionto consider is for manufacturers to think of ways of replacing faultycomponents in electronics instead of having to dispose of the entire productand buying another.
This is the case in printers where manufacturers presetthem to print a certain number of paper after which they jam automatically. Whywould a manufacturer intentionally set a machine to glitch?The main experienceto be developed by learners is the use of critical thinking to provide long-lastingsolutions that ensure the durability of electronics while at the same time,ensuring that firms make profits that are sustainable. This will prevent firmsfrom exploiting natural resources to produce products that are short-lived. 4. Framework of EducationExperienceThe best explanation of this sustainabilityeducation session will be a learning experience for sustainable development. The role ofeducation for sustainable development as explained by UESCO (2014) is to ensurethat all human beings acquire necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and valuesthat encourage a sustainable future. As a part of the recommendation to policymakers,it should be mandatory for graduates to take on manufacturing courses to learn moreabout environmental sustainability.
This indicates that environmental sustainabilityhas to be integrated into the curriculum to enhance an individual’s learning experience.This will allow students to acquire knowledge that enables them to address the concernsof sustainable development. In addition, this will help in managing cases ofplanned obsolescence and other activities involving shortening product lifecyclesand lifespans.It is importantthat the education system of a country teaches values, skills, and knowledgethat promotes a positive change in attitude towards sustainable development.
Thisincludes consumers and suppliers who have to be educated to change theirattitude towards old products. The current culture needs to be replaced with aculture that promotes the most concern for the environment. Furthermore,education from such a perspective will ensure that countries achievesustainable development. This will mean that firms will be able to “operatesustainably by either investing more on research development products that suitconsumer needs or by selling spare parts for their products to continuouslymake profits” (Barth & Marco, 109).
This will ensure consistency inemployment and help achieve sustainable growth of national economies.The integrationof sustainable development will ensure that manufacturers restructure theirvalue and supply chain to maximize efficiency, reduce wastage, and producehigher quality products. Second, sustainable development will ensure countriesproduce goods that are competitive on the global market based on their longerlifespan and fair pricing compared to those with a shorter lifespan. Third, encouragementof sustainable development will ensure that even though there are reducedmanufacturing activities, firms will still be able to maintain their expensesand profit margins. Therefore, the use of sustainable development strategies willhelp individuals change their attitude and values towards new products thathave shorter life spans. Moreover, government agencies will be required tofocus more on introducing lessons on manufacturing efficiency at various stagesof the educational curriculum.
Besides, they will be required to providesustainability development classes which will help students build skills andthe right attitude to support firms that invest more in sustainablemanufacturing processes.