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ERIC Number: EJ868704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Enough, for All, Forever: The Quest for a More Sustainable Future
Hopkins, Charles
Education Canada, v49 n4 p42-46 Fall 2009
Enough, for all, forever. These simple concepts provide a starting definition for the complexity of sustainable development and help frame the global search for solutions to the social, economic, and environmental issues that threaten the planet. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is the contribution that the world's education, public awareness, and training systems can make to society's quest for a more sustainable future. It is a simple concept. In the context of formal education, ESD is the contribution that can be made by the school jurisdiction in its entirety, preschool to tertiary, and even lifelong learning. The United Nations Decade ESD international implementation scheme recognizes four main thrusts of ESD, which are not limited to formal educational systems. The first thrust is the need to provide a quality education for all. The second thrust is reorienting the existing education systems. The third thrust of ESD is the need to build public awareness and understanding of sustainable development. The fourth thrust is training. The current approach to ESD professional development is to present the concept of sustainability, the need for action, and the challenges inherent in pursuing it. Once these three are established, individuals then acknowledge the existing capability within their system. Schools must begin the process by engaging staff through their existing strengths. Education leaders, teachers, and support staffs are asked to identify how they can each contribute with their current expertise to begin the reorientation process. In essence, this strengths model infers that no single discipline or department can own or deliver sustainability; yet every discipline, department, and employee can contribute to the process. A systemic coordination effort is crucial. Existing fiscal resources such as building maintenance and curriculum renewal need to be reoriented and a priority for sustainability established. This emerging process has proven possible worldwide. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada