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