Asking good questions is central to learning and sometimes can be more important than getting the answers, particularly when the questions encourage people to think critically.

The following poll guides the production of a democratic personal educational scaffold for lifelong learning about the links between ecology and culture. In particular it probes respondents' opinions about the limits to Earth’s carrying capacity; the limits to economic growth; the limits to waste emissions; the need for a new relationship between culture and ecosystems and an education system for living sustainably. The vision is future generations sharing the public good of a bountiful Earth equitably with maximum opportunities for joyful lives.

By answering the following questions you will be taking part in a referendom to plan an educational pathway to realise this vision. The referendom is being organised by International Classrooms On Line (, the results of which will be presented at

You are asked to select one of the answers to each question to indicate the response that is nearest to your present opinion. If none reflects your opinion, or if you feel you know too little about it, use the response 'Cannot answer this question'. Many people will say, 'I can't answer these questions'. Not knowing is the beginning of the path to wisdom. You may simply start to realise that in a strong democracy each and every one of us has a part to play in determining what the future will look like. This is more than enough.

The questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to fill in and may stimulate you to think differently about the topic.

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