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The ESCalate team hope this website proves a useful starting point in providing ideas and guidance in an educational context of how to implement appropriate mechanisms for integrating 'sustainable development' into teaching and learning.

For a more personal view go to this ESCalate project site which is still active.

Education for Sustainability and Global Learning

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What is Education for Sustainable Development?


Bruntland in 1987 provided a definition that is still widely used today:

"development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the
ability of future generations to meet their own needs."


"Sustainable development is seeking to meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations. We have to learn our way out of current social and environmental problems and learn to live sustainably".

Sustainable development is a vision of development that encompasses populations, animal and plant species, ecosystems, natural resources and
that integrates concerns such as the fight against poverty, gender equality, human rights, education for all, health, human security, intercultural dialogue, etc.

The Higher Education Academy

The Higher Education Academy is committed to being a socially responsible, efficient and accountable organisation by seeking to minimise adverse impacts on the environment wherever possible and to operate in accordance with sustainable development principles.

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