OPINION: Understanding Education for Global Citizenship
30 / 12 / 2014, IPS News Environment
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) brings together concerns about the environment, economic development and social aspects. Since 1972, when the first U.N. Conference on the Human Environment was held in Stockholm, Sweden, there has been increasing awareness of the intricate link between conserving the environment and human development. The fact that our lifestyles and the way we have developed have a major impact on the environment was known earlier. Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, in 1962, had been an eye-opener, especially in the United States where it was published. But the 1972 U.N. Conference on the Human Habitat was perhaps the beginning of the realisation that development and environment had to be dealt with together.