Education must go green

| November 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

A group of the world’s leading scientists, called the Blue Planet Laureates, used the recent 2012 Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro to present a paper calling for an urgent shift in the conceptualisation of curricula. The paper was titled ‘The Blue Planet Synthesis Paper’ and its authors said that humans are facing: “an unprecedented [planetary] emergency” caused by driven by overpopulation, over-consumption and the use of environmentally damaging technologies.

Some of the following phenomena will threaten our survival if we continue to fail to act, said the scientists: environmental-related illnesses, economic instability, environmental degradation, resource depletion, biodiversity destruction and climate change. The scientists called upon governments to institute global environmental education (GEE) in schools as a matter of urgency, saying: “All of the problems mentioned demand we increase investments in education, research and assessments of knowledge.”

The call has been echoed by author Michael K. Stone, who says in his book, Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability (Watershed Media, 2009): “[New] generations will require leaders and citizens who can think ecologically, understand the interconnectedness of human and natural systems and have the will, ability and courage to act.”

Category: Summer 2012

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