Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Reflective Actions for Sustainable Development

  • Qudsia KalsoomEmail author
  • Sibte Hasan
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_27


Reflective actions for sustainable development (SD) are a set of thoughtful, conscious individual and collective actions which aim at positively contributing toward three dimensions of sustainability, i.e., economy, society, and environment. They are different from sustainability actions (paying tax, planting trees, using water with care, etc.) which people may undertake as a response to some legal binding or rules. Reflective actions for SD result from thoughtful consideration of the need and consequences of the actions for society, economy, and the environment.


Reflective actions for sustainable development (SD) are the actions predicated on critical assessment of one’s own assumptions regarding three aspects of sustainability, i.e., environment, economy, and society. If sustainable development is defined in terms of values like freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature, and shared responsibility (Kates et al. 2005), then reflective actions...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationBeaconhouse National UniversityLahorePakistan
  2. 2.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil