Leading Curriculum Change for Education for Sustainable Development in Schools

  • Gwyn Edwards
  • John Chi-Kin Lee
Part of the Schooling for Sustainable Development book series (SSDE, volume 1)

It could be argued that education for sustainable development (ESD) is rapidly becoming the clarion call for educators in the twenty-first century. That this is so clearly indicates the magnitude, complexity and immediacy of the social, economic and environmental problems currently confronting us. While the nature and extent of these problems remain the subject of much debate, few would dispute that they are real and call for urgent and wide-ranging action. For instance, the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) concludes that “…warming of the climate system is unequivocal” (p. 1) and could lead to impacts that are “abrupt or irreversible” (p. 13). Lovelock (2006) is even more pessimistic. He likens the future of humankind to “…that of the passengers on a small pleasure boat sailing quietly above the Niagara Falls, not knowing that the engines are about to fail” (p. 7). He believes that global warming is now irreversible and that humankind should...


Transformational Leadership Leadership Behaviour Complex Adaptive System Sustainability Leadership Societal Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationThe University of Hong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of EducationThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong

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