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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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Professor Daniel C. Abel is Professor of Marine Science, Director of the Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative at Coastal Carolina University, and a Senior Fellow with the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. He taught marine science courses on the Spring 2010 Semester at Sea voyage and co-chaired the shipboard Sustainability Council. Prof. Daniel C. Abel (BS, MS, PhD) Coastal Carolina University Sustainability Initiative and Department of Marine Science Conway, SC 29526 USA US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development email: dabel@coastal.edu Prof. Eugenia Aloj is full professor in Ecology and professor in Hygiene in the Sannio University of Benevento. She has been also chief of the team for “Biology and ecology for protection of environment” in the Regional Centre of Competence BENECON endorsed by Regione Campania. She is author more than 150 publications (handbooks, chapters in books, papers in journals) at national and international level on the topics of sustainable development even focusing either with global environmental problems (such as climate change, pollution) either with environmental resources (water, air, and so on). Prof. Eugenia Aloj Sannio University Piazza Guerrazzi 1 Benevento, 82100 Campania Italy Contacts: V.le Maria Cristina di Savoia 18/d, 81100 Naples email: galoj@email.it Valdas Arbaciauskas is researcher at the Institute of Environmental Engineering, Kaunas University of Technology since 1999. Graduated from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University in 1996 and obtained the M.Sc. degree in Environmental Management and Policy. In 1996- 1999, Environmental Management in Enterprises Programme manager at the EAP...

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