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World Trends in Education for Sustainable Development

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Walter Leal Filho

It is widely acknowledged that sustainable development is a long-term goal, which both individuals and institutions (and countries!) need to pursue. This important theme is characterized by an intrinsic complexity, since it encompasses ecological or environmental considerations on the one hand, and economic matters, social influences and political frameworks on the other. This makes provisions in respect of education for sustainable development a particularly challenging task, but one which is feasible and achievable, provided the right elements are put into place. This book is an attempt to foster the cause of education for sustainable development, by documenting and disseminating experiences from different parts of the world, where learning for, about and through the principles of sustainability is taking place, in various sets and contexts, in both industrialized and developing nations. A special feature of this book is that it not only presents a wide range of philosophies, approaches, methods and analyses with respect to education for sustainable development across the world, but also documents and disseminates concrete case studies, which show how education for sustainable development may be realized in practice.

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It is widely acknowledged that sustainable development is a long-term goal, which both individuals and institutions (and countries!) need to pursue. This important theme is characterized by an intrinsic complexity, since it encom- passes ecological or environmental considerations on the one hand, and eco- nomic matters, social influences and political frameworks on the other. This makes provisions in respect of education for sustainable development a particu- larly challenging task, but one which is feasible and achievable, provided the right elements are put into place. This book is an attempt to foster the cause of education for sustainable devel- opment, by documenting and disseminating experiences from different parts of the world, where learning for, about and through the principles of sustainability is taking place, in various sets and contexts, in both industrialized and developing nations. Sustainable development is not only about education. It is also about agricul- ture, transport, energy, climate change, consumption. Therefore, if we ever want education for sustainable development to succeed, we need to take these wide- ranging issues into account. Moreover, education for sustainable development is not only a matter for teachers in formal education. It is far more than that. Real education for sustainable development can be practiced every day, be it in making one aware of how much water one consumes when turning on the water tap to brush one’s teeth in the morning, or to question the use of private transport in cities where public transport is widely available. It can be applied when...

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