Presentation on theme: "Education for Sustainable Development"— Presentation transcript:
1 Education for Sustainable Development ~ Making the abstract real ~
2 Structure Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) The Earth Charter and EducationResourcesConclusionsEducation for Sustainable Development (ESD)The Earth Charter and EducationThe Teacher’s GuidebookConclusions
3 What is Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)? “It seeks to develop the knowledge, skills, perspectives and values to empower people of all ages to assume responsibility for creating and enjoying a sustainable future.”(1)ESD is also a process of learning how to make decisions that consider the long-term future of the economy, ecology and equity of all.(1) UNDESD Framework for the Int’l Implementation Scheme, UNESCO
4 ESD helps us to shift from a fragmented to an integrated approach of problem solving
5 Some Key Themes of ESD Human Rights Overcoming Poverty Intercultural Understanding and PeaceSustainable Production and ConsumptionCultural DiversityParticipatoryProcessesOvercoming PovertyGender EqualityHealthEnvironmental ProtectionRural Transformation
6 ESD brings together different spheres SOCIALECONOMICENVIRONMENTESD
7 ESD helps one to: Collaborate & cooperate with others Think critically Move from awareness to actionBe a life-long learnerHave a systemic view of the worldMotivate others towards sustainabilityThink criticallyMake good decisionsSolve problemsPlan with an integrated approachResolve ConflictsCommunicate effectively
8 Pedagogical approaches for ESD Educational process should be:Participatory and inclusiveInter-disciplinaryStudent-centeredView students as both learners and teachersContextualized and flexibleCollaborativeTransformative…The ‘how’ we educate needs to be just as important as the ‘what’!
9 Why ESD?Sustainable development is an urgent social and ecological need, and education is an indispensable element for achieving it.The United Nations declared the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development which began in 2005.LINKING SLIDE!
10 Structure Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) The Earth Charter and EducationResourcesConclusionsEducation for Sustainable Development (ESD)The Earth Charter and EducationThe Teacher’s GuidebookConclusions
11 What is the Earth Charter? A declaration of ethical principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society.A process of dialogue, partnerships and activities that have become an ‘Initiative’.
12 A Brief History of the Earth Charter Initiative Origins - The Brundtland Commission calls for “a new charter or universal declaration” on environment and development to “guide state and inter-state behavior.” UN Earth Charter process is stopped at Earth Summit; Rio Declaration adopted instead (1992)Phase 1 - Development and Global ConsultationMaurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev relaunch Earth Charter as a civil society initiative; drafting and consultation process begins (1994); Earth Charter Commission created (1997); 5,000 people contribute commentsPhase 2 - Launch and EstablishmentFinal text approved and launched, and endorsement campaign begins (2000); Earth Charter promoted strongly at WSSD in Johannesburg, but not formally adopted (2002); local and grassroots action grows, important international endorsements continue (such as IUCN, 2004)2006 -Phase 3 - Expansion with Action OrientationStrategic review conducted (2005); decision taken to expand the Initiative, with new international centers and programs, and intent to greatly increase awareness, impact, and active commitment to sustainable developmentPHASES?????????
13 The Earth Charter represents a Global Consensus on Sustainability and an Ethical Call to Action Core sustainability valuesResponsibility to act =I. Respect fornatureII. Universal humanrightsIII. Economic justiceIV. Culture of peaceProtect ...Care ...Transmit ...Adopt ...Support ...Reduce ...Require ...Eliminate ...Honor ...
14 The Earth Charter is a Unifying Platform for Change Clarifies sustainabilityCovers all aspectsBuilds legitimacyInspires and informsLinks local to globalReaches from boardroom to communityProvides a common platform for actionSets a high performance standard
15 The core themes of the Earth Charter answer the needs of our society Need: An advanced understandingof our shared global problemsNeed: A framework for being ableto critically evaluate one’s situationCore ThemesInterdependencePartnershipsThe Community of LifePeace and Non-violenceThe Earth Charter uniquely meets the educational challenges ofthe 21st centuryNeed: A culture of collaborationNeed: An advanced understanding of ourshared global problemsNeed: A framework for being able to critically evaluate one’s situationUniversal ResponsibilityDifferentiated ResponsibilityCritical Challenges and ChoicesNeed: A culture of collaboration
16 The Earth Charter can help advance three fundamental educational objectives Creation of partnerships:Civil societyBusinessGovernmentsConsciousness–raisingApplicationOf valuesCall for actionEnvironmental problemsSocial problemsEconomic problemsGuiding principles
17 Why is the Earth Charter an important tool for ESD? Offers and integrated approachArticulates the principles for promoting a sustainable futureA pedagogical tool for a culture of peace
18 The Earth Charter helps provide a high-level perspective, while empowering to act locally ??????????????People have different perspectives and ways of thinking about stuff – ESD solves this??
19 Structure Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) The Earth Charter and EducationResourcesConclusionsEducation for Sustainable Development (ESD)The Earth Charter and EducationThe Teacher’s GuidebookConclusions
20 The Earth Charter Initiative had developed a number of resources PostersBrochuresVideosEarth Charter in Action BookEarth Charter BibliographyEarth Charter Case StudiesWorkbook for schoolsGuidebook for teachersUniv. course on ESDPresentationsAn Online Resource Center is available at
21 Earth Charter in Action Book Demonstrates what sustainability principles mean in practiceExamples from all over the world ... from biodiversity to business to rehabilitating child soldiersAuthors include Mikhail Gorbachev, Wangari Maathai, Jane Goodall, Ruud Lubbers, HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal ... over 70 co-authorsIs available to download atFor Universities/professionals
22 Conclusions ESD is about content as well as skills and values The ‘how’ is often more important than the ‘what’The Decade offers an opportunity to advance ESD initiatives at all education levelsThe Earth Charter provides a valuable educational framework
23 Earth Charter International email@example.com T H E E A R T H C H A R T E RI N I T I A T I V EContact:Earth Charter International