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World Trends in Education for Sustainable Development

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Edited By 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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Innovation, New Goals and Challenges concerning Italian Trends in Environmental Education for Sustainable Development

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Eugenia Aloj, Mariagrazia De Castro, Anna Zollo, Michela Totàro Abstract Purpose: The sustainability development concept in Italy has become inflated in recent years, resulting in dangerous effects in terms of the degradation of sustain- able development values. Furthermore, there is a lack of even short-term concrete and practical environmental education activities in Italy. This is representative of the gap between Italy and other countries such as Latin America, United States and Central Europe (above all, Germany). The main purpose of this paper is to show how this gap could be closed, giving the correct meaning to sustainability by taking into account the multicultural nature of this issue and related practical activities on which environmental education is based by establishing sustainable global goals with local environmental, social and economic activities. Design/Methodology/Approach: A description of trends in environmental educa- tion for sustainable development in Italy is made based on qualitative and quan- titative data, phenomena, statistics and indicators. These are explained in order to provide a comparative time-space analysis in an attempt to develop a research pattern which will give an answer to the research questions: what is going on? (descriptive research) and why is it going on? (explanatory research). Findings: We expect that this work will result in a survey of Italian trends in education towards sustainable development that will be of wide use for acade- mia, governments, international organizations, both at home and abroad. Originality/Value: The paper describes Italian trends in environmental education for sustainable development, and attempts to...

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