Educating Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow

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In a developing world of limited resources but unlimited knowledge, schools across the globe play an important role in preparing students to meet the sustainability challenges of the future. Sustainability education is just as it sounds – it’s learning that “encourages a sense of personal responsibility for the environment, fosters a commitment to sustainable living, and promotes an enduring dedication to environmental stewardship” (University of Toronto). The scope of “sustainability” is usually described as including three spheres: social, environmental, and economic. Environmental aspects of sustainability include natural resource use, environmental management, and pollution prevention. Social aspects of sustainability include standard of living, education, community, and equal opportunity, whereas econ