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Steps Towards Realising Global Sustainable Development

  • Attila Kerényi
  • Richard William McIntosh
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Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)

Abstract

In the first part of the chapter, the global measures made so far in the interest of sustainable development are described. The scientific antecedents of the document entitled “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development” are presented including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDGs are analysed in detail regarding feasibility. According to the authors of the present book, the most important step to be taken towards sustainable development is the global reform of education, therefore the recommended changes in the content and structure of education are presented in detail together with measures already executed in the right direction. The currently ongoing technological revolution is analysed one of the main characteristics of which is the rapid development of autocatalytic technologies (information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology). As a result of this revolution, beneficial quality changes could be expected regarding the relationship of production and the environment. The possibilities of reducing life standard differences among countries and people, the most important tasks for stabilising the population of Earth and the relationship between education and population growth are also discussed. The possibilities of making peace among different religious-cultural civilisations are considered. The last subchapter outlines views that could strengthen processes towards sustainable development, like degrowth, circular economy, theory of the second curve, massive open online courses, “revolution of sustainability” and new humanism.

Keywords

Sustainable development goals Renewing education Sustainable economic growth Inequalities Autocatalytic technologies Circular economy Degrowth Theory of the second curve Massive open online course Science of sustainability Growing population New humanism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Attila Kerényi
    • 1
  • Richard William McIntosh
    • 2
  1. 1.Landscape Protection and Environmental GeographyUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  2. 2.Mineralogy and GeologyUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary

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