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Contributions to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

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Fernando J. Gonçalves, Ruth Pereira and Walter Leal Filho

This book presents essential learning approaches. It introduces educational and training activities, as well as various innovative methods aiming at the development of practical skills, in order to strengthen the continuous process of environmental education, and in particular the education for sustainable development (ESD). In doing so, it focuses on three dimensions (social, economic and environmental) as a means of achieving an effective change of behaviour and «tries to bridge the gap between science and environmental education by describing a set of projects, initiatives and field activities». A special emphasis is put on teacher training programmes, conception, and implementation, highlighting the problems and barriers, which prevent development as far as integration of sustainability issues in higher education is concerned.

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Chapter 14: Agronomists, Civil Engineers and Architects: What Role in Earth Sustainability?

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Chapter 14 Agronomists, Civil Engineers and Architects: What Role in Earth Sustainability? Ana Marta Gonçalves, Sónia Costa, Daniela de Figueiredo, Fernando Gonçalves, Miguel Ângelo Pardal, Ulisses Miranda Azeiteiro Abstract Sustainability is an actual and current concept discussed in political, economic, social, educational and environmental areas, involving ethical aspects of human behaviour. Man and the environment have been in equilibrium for a long time. However, during the last century, the development of science and new technolo- gies, overuse of non-renewable energies and industrial globalization allowed the exponential growth of the human population which resulted in an increasing consumption of resources, environmental pollution and loss of biodiversity. Thus, in 1987, the Brundtland Commission launched the first definition of sustainability as: “to suppress the needs of present generations without affecting the ability of future generations to suppress theirs”. A sustainable development may be fol- lowed by citizens in their everyday lives and by workers in their jobs in order to achieve human and environmental welfare without compromising future genera- tions. Thus, training and awareness initiatives/activities may be developed and proposed to students and also to different sectors of economic activity contribut- ing to the main decisions, like active employers and educators of future genera- tions. Therefore, this chapter proposes a training session comprising different activities to agronomists, civil engineers, architects and also workers who are associated with both these sectors. The main aims of this work are: 1) to create awareness among professionals to environmental problems and 2) to propose...

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