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The Importance Of Sustainable Education

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The future, it seems so far off; depending on one’s perspective, it is a week, a month or years. The future, from an environmental perspective is now. Changing behaviour in the present will set the world up for a better future. Understanding sustainability and what it means to be eco-literate is seemingly hard for some, which begs the question, when should ecologising education begin? This essay aims to summarise the extent of educating for a sustainable future and analyse how relevant it is. The concept of ecological literacy is explored along with its benefits and limitations. This essay was written from the viewpoint that everyone has a role in moving towards sustainability, beginning as early as early childhood.

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A Perth Primary school participated in research into children’s values and environmental sustainability education. The evidence suggested that through environmental education initiatives children can absorb the values and express their attitudes and intentions to improve environmental sustainability. The teachers, community and parents were not the drivers for the learning initiatives; the students raised the concerns. The findings of this research found that student participation in the entire process, from the creation to the completion, is a pivotal element for reaching environmental sustainability education objectives. It demonstrated that children do have the capacity to see and understand what needs to change, and take action. In addition, it reached the conclusion that values education and environmental education interrelate- build the values and children will participate with enthusiasm and a meaningful approach (Lewis, Mansfield, & Baudains, 2008). Becoming eco-literate could possibly cause some limitations for students and teachers, however, there are ways to overcome…show more content…
He divided their environments into different levels. Firstly, he described the microsystem as the system that is closest and one that will have the most influence on them. School and home fall within this system. For example, parent’s and teacher’s views on sustainability will influence how a child reacts to it. Also children’s interactions with parents, teachers and peers will affect how they are treated in return (Bronfenbrenner, 1994). Clearly this is why ecologising education is important and by doing so education creates critical thinkers. The potential benefits for young people that are eco-literate are that they can begin to negotiate and act on their own purposes, values and feelings, rather than those that they have uncritically acquired from others (Mezirow, 2000). Through learner driven participation children show that they should be treated as solutionaries, and vital stakeholders in the fight for their sustainable futures. Secondly, there are the exosystem which includes schools and the community, and the macrosystem which includes broader society, such as national customs and political philosophy. The decisions made within these systems effects them, though they have no say in the decision making process (Bronfenbrenner, 1994). This shows unmistakable signs of why ecological approaches to environmental sustainability are being hindered. The decisions about
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