Future is Due: Reflection on Local and Global Practice to Act towards Sustainability

By Tatiana A. Diniz and Alison Glover.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper explores the concept of sustainability and its boundaries, via data collected during a series of ‘Future is Due’ workshops in several different settings. The workshops draw on current sustainability practices led by universities in Europe and Latin America. University-led initiatives existing in Wales, United Kingdom, and in Brazil, South America, are discussed and show how Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can trigger various types of approaches to this agenda.

The case studies provide inspiration, instigating participants to consider sustainability as something less abstract and discuss real possible action. The complexity of defining sustainability terminology proved apparent. Results also highlighted different perceptions of relevance regarding the presented projects. Conclusions pointed to future collaboration and exchange of ideas between different international settings being fundamental for approaching sustainability.

Keywords: Sustainability, ESD, Brazil, Wales, Social Change

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.17-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.366MB).

Tatiana A. Diniz

PhD Student, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Wales, Newport, Newport, UK

Tatiana is undertaking a research project on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship that explores the role of universities within community education for sustainability (CELT/University of Wales, Newport). The research design is as a comparison of current practice taking place in Brazil and in Wales. Previous research focused on processes of change faced by council estates meant to become sustainable communities in South East London (EfS Programme/London South Bank University), exploring media strategies as possible tools of education for sustainability.

Alison Glover

PhD student, Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Wales, Newport, Gwent, Newport, UK

Alison has worked in Outdoor Education and taught Geography at secondary school level in Hampshire, South Wales and overseas. More recently Alison conducted the Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship curriculum audit at the University of Wales, Newport. Her current research topic is The Impact of Higher Education Institutional Policies and Strategies on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.


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