Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Transformative Pedagogies for Sustainable Development

  • Arto O. SalonenEmail author
  • Jani Siirilä
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_369


Transformative pedagogies for sustainable development encourage learners to change the direction of development that seems to be inevitable by enhancing their awareness, understanding of complexities, empathy, compassion and empowerment.

New Ideal of the Good Life Is Needed

In a new geologic epoch – the Anthropocene epoch – humankind is the biggest individual determiner of the future of planet Earth, which means that the future is in the hands of humans more than ever before (Crutzen 2002). In other words, the effect of humans on the atmosphere, oceans, and nature is great enough to leave permanent impacts (Rocktström et al. 2009). The species Homo sapiens is destroying the natural systems that maintain all life (Ripple et al. 2018).

Our children will live in a world where wild areas are reduced, where there are fewer animal and plant species, where fewer areas are available for food production, and where natural resources are declining and the climate is more volatile...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social Sciences and Business StudiesUniversity of Eastern FinlandKuopioFinland
  2. 2.School of Vocational Teacher EducationHaaga-Helia University of Applied SciencesHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Faculty of Educational SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Judy Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Architecture and Design,Program Manager, Master of Disaster Design and DevelopmentRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia