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World Trends in Education for Sustainable Development


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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Sustainable Development, Bioenergy and Education: Experiences in Collaboration and Communication for Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Biofuel Development


Lisa Gualtieri, Patricia Hanney, Terry McIntyre, David Secko Abstract Forecasting the potential for bioenergy and its environmental and sustainabi- lity consequences under Canadian conditions is challenging. Outside Canada, the global experience with first-generation biofuels has been faced with similar diffi- culties in integrating environmental knowledge, sustainable aims and the protection of social and economic interests. This chapter examines such challenges within the context of the role that education can play in sustainable bioenergy development. Purpose: This chapter outlines the value of bioenergy in the framework of sus- tainable development, and documents the experiences of the Genozymes-GE3LS project at Concordia University, Montréal, in engaging in education for sustaina- ble development. Approach: The approach showcases current activities and experiences of the project to date. It describes where energy fits in the context of sustainable development, as well as communication and education trends relating to the environmental sustain- ability of biofuel development. Findings: Collaboration and communication between disciplines is important to address multi-faceted issues such as bioenergy development. Communication with, and participation of, the public and stakeholders on the environmental impacts of bioenergy development is of significant importance as we move towards a bio- based economy. This chapter offers some of the results from ongoing Genozymes- GE3LS work, which is designed to better understand the environmental and sus- tainability dimensions of the second generation of biofuels and the role that ge- nomics-based science can and will be expected to play. 198 Lisa Gualtieri, Patricia Hanney, Terry McIntyre, David Secko Originality: The chapter...

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