Education and sustainable development in the UK: An exploration of progress since Rio

Alan Reid, William Scott, Stephen Gough

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Earlier this year, as part of preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSI) Rio + 10, the House of Commons' Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) invited comments relating to what had been achieved within the UK. This article derives from a contribution we made to the Council for Environmental Education's (CEE) submission to the EAC. It reviews educational activities in response to Agenda 21, Chapter 36, initiated by central government, local authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and others. Exemplars relating to policy, programmes and strategy are illustrated, alongside a commentary on their effectiveness and strategic value, across a range of sectors. We suggest that there is now a priority need for integrated and integrative leadership, both within and across sectors, which synthesises existing knowledge and best practice, and makes them available to ongoing initiatives. Geography's role in this, as a subject discipline and via geographical education at school level, is explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-255
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes

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