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Innovation, Education and Communication for Sustainable Development


Walter Leal Filho

Education for Sustainable Development presents a vision of education that seeks to empower people to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future. There are many different stakeholders in sustainable development whose participation is essential if long-term developments are to be achieved: governments and intergovernmental bodies, the mass media, the civil society and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and formal education institutions (i.e. schools, universities, research and training institutes). But despite the need for concerted efforts, truly cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary projects and practical activities are seldom seen. In addition, there are few publications where the subject matters of education, innovation and communication – as they apply to sustainable development – are approached in an integrated way. This book combines approaches, methods and analyses which illustrate the contribution of innovation, education and communication to the cause of sustainable development. It is prepared as part of the INTERREG IIIB (North Sea) Project «SmartLIFE», a partnership between three EU regions – Germany, Sweden and the UK. It is also a further means of support to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, since there is a paucity of academic and at the same time practice-related books which go over and above the theory of education and of sustainable development and move on to address the various problems related to it.
Contents: Michael Atchia: Environment, Education and Peace – Eugenia Aloj/Mariagrazia De Castro/Anna Zollo: The Role of the Scientific Community for the Actuation of the Sustainable Development Strategies in the Connection among the Different Stakeholders – Gunter Pauli: Autopoetic Learning - The Age-Old Learning through Fables combined with Modern Day Systems Design – Anna Birney/Benedict Hren/Liz Jackson/Patricia Kendell: Creating Pathways to Change – Almut Beringer: Sustainability in Higher Education and Conservation Psychology: Theoretical Perspectives and Research Needs - A Contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – Julie D. Johnston: Educating for Sustainable Development by Teaching about Sustainable Development - A Community Learning Together – Sandra Wooltorton: A Participatory Approach to Learning Sustainability – Sarah Holdsworth/Sarah Bekessy/Carolyn Hayles/Peliwe Mnguni/Ian Thomas: Beyond Leather Patches: Sustainability Education at RMIT University, Australia – Joost Platje: Challenges in Introducing Sustainable Development Education at Universities - Examples of Poland – Carmen Bucovala: Towards an Education for Sustainable Development National Strategy in Romania – Svetlana Chernikova: Innovative Approaches in Education for Sustainable Development at Saint-Petersburg State University – Elise S. Houghton/Lawrence A. White: Environmental and Sustainability Education in Ontario - A Disorienting Dilemma – James Pitt: Learning about Sustainability through Design & Technology Education: the Sustainable Design Award – David B. Zandvliet/Janet Moore/Meg Holden/Rob VanWynesburghe: Education for Sustainable Development - The Great Northern Way – M.Y. Kononova/O.G. Nikonova/P.P. Pirozhok: Sustainable Development for the Real-Estate Management of Resort, Sport and Tourism Objects – Anke Zenker-Hoffmann/Markus Will/Maja Posselt/Bernd Delakowitz: The International Education Network «Neisse University» - A Contribution to a Sustainable Higher Education in the Enlarged European Union – María Novo: Research and Innovation on Sustainable Development from the Environmental Education Field – James Derounian: Do as I do, not as I say! Preaching what we Practice – Jolie Mayer-Smith/Linda Peterat/Oksana Bartosh: Growing Together to Understand Sustainability - An Intergenerational Farming Project – David Carpenter/Robert Dyball: «Outside In» - Experiential Education for Sustainability – Michael Littledyke: Science and Environmental Education for Initial Teacher Education – Alexander Fehér: Implementation of Education for Sustainable Development in an Agricultural University – Endla Reintam/Merrit Noormets/Kaire Rannik/Raimo Kõlli: Some Innovative Approaches for Teaching Soil Science at University Level – Laima Galkute: School Agenda 21 - From Policy to Practice – Kendal Hodgman: A Whole of Government Sustainability Approach – Remigijus Ciegis/Dalia Gineitiene: The University in the Promotion of Sustainability – Julian Swindell: The Information Villages of Pondicherry - A Case Study in Capacity Building for Sustainable Development – Alister Scott: Communicating Sustainability Research - Theoretical and Practical Challenges – Jette Egelund Holgaard: Environmental Communication in a Learning Perspective - Experiences from the Danish Electronic Industry – Chris Russill/Joshua M. Pearce: Sustainability Communication in American Model Research Universities - A Pragmatist Heuristic and the Rationale for Energy Service Projects – Rebecca Schiff: Engaging Cross-Sectoral Communication for the Development of Sustainable Food Systems – Christy Newman/Peter Newman/Robert Whitehead: Campaign for Sydney - Media