Education for a Sustainable Future

A Paradigm of Hope for the 21st Century

  • Keith A. Wheeler
  • Anne Perraca Bijur

Part of the Innovations in Science Education and Technology book series (ISET, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Keith Wheeler
    Pages 1-5
  3. Lynn L. Mortensen
    Pages 15-34
  4. Jack Byrne
    Pages 35-72
  5. John Fien, Rupert Maclean
    Pages 91-111
  6. Mary Paden
    Pages 143-154
  7. Richard Benjamin, Susan Hanes
    Pages 161-198
  8. Jean MacGregor
    Pages 199-214
  9. Larry Peterson
    Pages 221-236
  10. Cynthia Georgeson
    Pages 247-252
  11. Michael Schneider
    Pages 253-268
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 269-279

About this book

Introduction

WHY EDUCATE FOR SUSTAINABILlTY? Ask most people-especially young people-what the future looks like to them. They will paint for you a rosy picture of their individual lives, their future homes, their careers and sometimes even the lives of their children. Then they will paint for you a depleted, conflicted and weary picture of the planet as a whole. Do any of us note the incongruence? We are becoming increasingly aware that the very things we need, the things we adore most in this world are the very things we are undermining through our individual and collective behaviors. We can feel the disconnect between the conse­ quences of our actions and our values, but we do not necessarily understand it or know how to reconcile it. Living with behavior that feels, and in fact is, inconsistent with our values is a recipe for anguish. We have disconnected so drastically from our sense of place that ironically we poison our water, our air, and our food while at the same time we work hard to secure a healthy and meaningful future for ourselves and our children. This just doesn't make sense.

Keywords

democracy education information sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Keith A. Wheeler
    • 1
  • Anne Perraca Bijur
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of the Concord ConsortiumThe Center for a Sustainable FutureShelburne, Vermont and ConcordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4277-3
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-46420-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4277-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-1058
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