Setting the Stage
Introduce the photo essay by showing Mongolia on a world map and asking students what they know about the people who live there or about their environment. Point out that students will be viewing a photo essay that portrays the present-day life of Mongolian pastoral herders, one of the world's last remaining nomadic cultures. Share the meaning of the word sustainability with students. One definition of sustainability is the capacity to endure or sustain, to keep in existence, or maintain. The UN defines sustainability as a call for "a decent standard of living for everyone today without compromising the needs of future generations." Thinking about your typical day or week, what aspects of your way of life are sustainable and what might not be sustainable?