EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CURRENT FAD OR RENEWED COMMITMENT TO ACTION?

TitleEDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CURRENT FAD OR RENEWED COMMITMENT TO ACTION?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPace, P
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume9
Issue4
Start Page315-323
Date PublishedDecember/2010
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 925830
Keywordseducation for change, education for sustainable development, environmental education
Abstract

The paper will comparatively highlight the main characteristics of environmental education and some of its variants. Similarly the paper will critically analyse major international events addressing the need to implement environmental education and their impact on the educational community. These two reviews will act as a backdrop to a critical analysis of why the resources invested in environmental education have not provided the turnout expected. Strategies adopted to get results have further complicated the situation, giving rise to confusion and lack of direction in the field, a schism between theory and practice, and a further fragmentation of resources. The paper concludes by making several reflections and concrete proposals about making the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development a worthwhile experience … particularly at the grassroots level.
While not downplaying the urgency to get environmental education on the road, we need to understand that education is a gradual process that simply cannot be hurried. People take time to change: most of our communities have gradually adapted to a more comfortable but unsustainable way of life – going back (or rather moving on) to a sustainable lifestyle will likewise take some time. Without being overly optimistic, looking back we have made progress, not as much as we would have desired, but we have managed to put environmental issues on the political agenda and there is a heightened awareness of environmental concerns. Nevertheless, we cannot relent in our efforts to promote an education that prepares individuals for sustainable development, but rushing things may drive us into repeating the same mistakes.

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