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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 15: Developing Activities on Waste Management – an Approach to Achieve a Cleaner Environment

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Chapter 15 Developing Activities on Waste Management – an Approach to Achieve a Cleaner Environment Sónia Costa, Ana Marta Gonçalves, Fernando Gonçalves, Ulisses Miranda Azeiteiro, Miguel Ângelo Pardal Abstract Achieving the joint goals of sustainability requires a continuous process of envi- ronmental education and effective change of behaviour. It involves the further development of conscious decisions in order to minimize the impacts of our actions on the environment. In this context, environmental education assumes an important role in the development of attitudes for protecting nature, especially when applied throughout the educational processes. Consequently, this paper is a contribution to teachers’ approach in formal environmental education concerning the topic of waste management. As practical activities are a useful tool in the promo- tion of scientific knowledge and the interest of the students concerning environ- mental issues, this work will be developed performing different and progressive activities individually or in groups. The activities comprise tasks to be performed at the basic education levels (ages 8-12), but could be adjusted for other ages, encour- aging the relationship student-environment. Under this approach, young citizens will have the opportunity to develop their abilities and know-how. They will act as potential environmental researchers and, at the same time, are responsible citizens contributing towards effective environmental protection. Introduction Sustainability is today one of the most widely used words, either in a scientific context, particularly in environmental sciences, or in society. Sustainable devel- opment is the “development that meets the needs of the present without com-...

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