What Is Education for Sustainable Development?
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers people to change the ways in which they engage with and work towards a more sustainable future. It works to build on the defined meaning of sustainable development shown below:
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987
The diagram below shows the range of opportunities Education for Sustainable Development can create, and the potential impact that can be achieved through its delivery, for example, creating new teaching and learning opportunities, and enhancing the skills and knowledge on subjects relating to all aspects of sustainability (social, economic, and environmental).