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Schools as Agents of Change for Education for Sustainable Consumption Presented at the May 2011 UN Commission on Sustainable Development Conference (CSD-19) United Nations, New York. Sue L. T. McGregor PhD Professor Canada http://www.consultmcgregor.com. Invitation from PERL.
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Schools as Agents of Change for Education for Sustainable ConsumptionPresented at the May 2011 UN Commission on Sustainable Development Conference (CSD-19) United Nations, New York
Sue L. T. McGregor PhD Professor Canada
Sustainability refers to people becoming experts at holding up or providing support for something from below.
Education FOR Sustainable Consumption
The way we consume is making it very hardto provide life support for the above because current consumption patterns are undermining the support structures. Without this support, everyone and everything becomes weakened and vulnerable, exposed to profound risks, even extinction for some species and geographic locales.
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keep unlocked, doorways and pathways to sustainability...
most efficient use)
Catalysts speed up the rate of an important event, help make it happen.
Catalysts cause fundamental change; this CSD-19 Side Event is about schools as agents of change for sustainable lifestyles through education for sustainable consumption
Schools can be profound agents of social change. Leadership around schools (government agencies, administrators, teachers, students, families and communities) can use several fundamental tools:
What does ESC “look like”? What is the best ESC pedagogy to ensure consumer behaviour patterns that respect and reflect sustainability (support life)?
Overarching purpose of ESC: bridge the gaps between school and real life by educating learners to be the next generation of global citizens who are responsible for each other and the earth
Sage-on-the -stage, teacher as expert, student as empty vessel, waiting to be filled up with teacher-given knowledge