Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Education for Responsible Consumption and Sustainable Development

  • Georgia LiarakouEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_167

Synonyms

Definition

Responsible consumption refers to individual and societal choices which are in accordance with sustainable development, that is, which have the slightest possible impact on the environment and contribute to social equity. These may encompass the purchasing of products that are organic, fairly traded, and so forth but may simultaneously make reference to a general reduction of consumption. Education for responsible consumption is an aspect of education for sustainable development that seeks to enable students to become actors of change toward more sustainable consumption patterns.

Introduction

Responsible consumption is a key factor of sustainable development. In 2015, the UN included responsible production and consumption as one of the 17 formulated targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

More specifically, Objective 12 includes, among other things, the efficient use of natural resources; the reduction of waste...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pedagogical Department of Primary EducationUniversity of the AegeanRhodesGreece

Section editors and affiliations

  • Evangelos Manolas
    • 1
  1. 1.Democritus University of ThraceThraceGreece