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ERIC Number: EJ850710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Sustainability and Higher Education
Hales, David
New England Journal of Higher Education, v23 n2 p23-24 Fall 2008
People face four fundamental dilemmas, which are essentially moral choices: (1) alleviating poverty; (2) removing the gap between rich and poor; (3) controlling the use of violence for political ends; and (4) changing the patterns of production and consumption and achieving the transition to sustainability. The world in which future generations live will depend on how people respond to each of these challenges, yet they are philosophically and institutionally unprepared for the decisions they must make and implement. The institutions available to meet these challenges are demonstrably incapable of long-range planning, dominated by peculiar and special interests, fragmented in authority and responsibility, and designed to allocate abundance, not scarcity. The performance of these institutions in terms of human and ecosystem well-being, has not been encouraging. The author contends that for future generations to thrive in this world, education must lead the way--by teaching, and by example.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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