Role of School curriculum in Establishing Sustainable Environment Development

Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable development, United Nations Pages: 17 (5308 words) Published: November 23, 2013

Teachers and Sustainable Environment Development
R.H.Patel English Medium B.Ed. College

Role of School curriculum in Establishing Sustainable Environment Development

Ms. Manisha Pathak
Research Student
Department of Educational Administration
Faculty of Education and Psychology
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.
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In the present era of globalization and massive advancement in science and technology, commerce and trade, the world is experiencing enormous changes in the environment it is surrounded with; the individuals across the globe are mere quiet spectator of ever deteriorating environment and dramatic climatic changes. In such a scenario it is time for the scholars across the globe to join hand and come out with innovative working plan that can establish the environment which enables both the present and future to live happily- it is time to frame, create such practices which can lead to the development of sustainable environment. Sustainable development can be achieved when this idea is conceptualized by every individual on the earth; it first needs to be conceived by the mind- the head. The matter should be internalized, should affect the heart of each individual, the need of time, the urgency with which the matter needs serious attention should appeal the heart of each awakened world citizen and then the efforts will be initiated, the innovative ideas will be stimulated and the hand will start performing- the actions will naturally flow. This divine work can be rightly done by the educators- the teachers. The teachers of present era need to shoulder the responsibility of sowing the seeds of establishing sustainable environment in the minds of young citizens by practicing innovations in curriculum transaction. The seeds can be sown in the minds of young citizens by the innovative teaching practices such that aiming and establishing sustainable environment becomes way of life and not an agenda for a certain time period. In this paper the author has brought in to light certain such educational practices which can stimulate the efforts from grass root level, efforts from the young citizens towards establishment of sustainable environment

The world is currently facing extremely difficult challenges to sustainable development and environmental management. The food crisis, energy crisis, financial crisis, a global recession and, of course, the looming climate crisis are all interconnected and the only way of addressing them effectively is through integrated solutions. Several challenges threaten progress towards sustainable development goals. The spike in food and energy prices in 2008 led to a severe food crisis. The subsequent fall of energy prices has eased some of the pressure on energy importing countries. Yet, food prices remain high. The global financial and economic crisis in 2009 has exacerbated the situation: Growth rates are falling, unemployment is rising, poverty in deepening, hunger and malnutrition are on the increase again, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals is in jeopardy. Sustainable development:

Sustainable development is the bridge, between environmental, economic and social goals, between north and south, between Governments, civil society and business, between science and policy, and between policy and action. CSD (UN’s commission on sustainable development) provides a powerful forum for guiding a prompt and sustainable response to these urgent development challenges, including the financial and economic crisis. The World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) put forward this concept of Sustainable development before the world in 1987 through its report entitled as ‘our common future’. This report is popularly also known as Brundtland Report. They had three specific objectives. They are:...

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