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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Brigid Murray
Adviser Environmeny & Society
02890 564054

What is Education for Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development education enables pupils to develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and values to make responsible decisions, at both local and global scales, about the environment. It asks young people to consider how quality of life can be improved without damaging the planet for future generations, and it encourages them to take personal actions, however small, to improve and sustain their environment. The Eco-Schools initiative is an action project in which schools may get involved. It addresses environmental and sustainability issues in a school context.

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The whole curriculum, but particularly Geography, science and citizenship offer many opportunities for pupils to develop their understanding of sustainability issues. The themes of sustainable development and environmental stewardship are highlighted in the new curriculum proposals. It is envisaged that ESD will be addressed through a cross-curricular approach.

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