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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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Making Better Choices Today: Ethics, Technology and Sustainability

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Peter H. Denton Abstract Purpose: The persistence of environmental problems is the result of social and cultural factors, not scientific or technological ones. Global sustainability re- quires a change both in how people think and in the individual decisions that they make. This paper outlines a cross-cultural, transformational model of educa- tion for sustainability that relates ethical decision making to our understanding of the nature of technology, within the larger context of responsibilities associated with global citizenship. Design/Methodology/Approach: A description of a successful, transformational approach to teaching principles of sustainability and global citizenship in a cross- cultural context within a post-secondary educational institution. Findings: A focus on ethical decision making, combined with the implications of understanding technology as instrumental knowledge and its practice, enables the transformational teaching of sustainability and global citizenship principles ir- respective of the target audience. Originality and Value: The dilemma inherent in education for sustainability is the need for a transformational, cross-cultural and universal framework, one that associates principles of sustainability and global citizenship in a way that people in all contexts can understand in order to encourage the necessary changes to lifestyles everywhere. This paper proposes such a framework, out of the expe- rience of teaching sustainability and global citizenship to more than 1500 post- secondary students from 2004-2010. Introduction It has been nearly fifty years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the best-selling book that drew public attention to the growing environ- 220 Peter H. Denton mental problems linked to postwar industrial...

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