Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Learning Activities for Environmental Education for Sustainable Development

  • Lydia FucskoEmail author
  • Boria Sax
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_216

The terms environmental education for sustainability (EfS) and environmental education for sustainable development (ESD) may be used interchangeably: however, it is noted that the latter term is used more often at the international level and within United Nations (UN) documents (McKeown 2002: 7). Authors may selectively use the term ESD to avoid confusion. ESD encapsulates a unified vision of education that endeavors to bring about human and economic well-being while respecting the earth’s natural resources and cultural traditions. Transdisciplinary educational methods and approaches are typified in ESD so as to create an appreciation of lifelong learning where persons evolve in the appreciation and an understanding that the earth’s resources are not infinite; ESD’s ultimate goal is to foster the development of people who uphold and protect the sustainable use of natural resources while inherently respecting the needs of the planet (UNESCO Decade of ESD (DESD) 2005–2014).




Active learning Biodiversity Conservation Environmental education for sustainable development Experiential learning Environmental narrative Higher education Science Sustainability Place-based learning Primary school Secondary school 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Humanities and Social SciencesSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Mercy CollegeNew YorkUSA

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  • Ingrid Molderez
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  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium