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Author's note

Introduction
What is E S D?
Reorienting Education
Localizing the Global Initiative
Challenges and Barriers to E S D
Community Sustainability Goals
Case Study: Toronto, Canada Board of Education
Managing Change
Public Participation
Concluding remarks
Tools to Introduce the Concept of Sustainable Development
Tools to Create Community Goals
Tools to Reorient Education to Address Sustainability
Tools for Managing Change
References
Web resources


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When I teach a course at a university, I always ask myself, "What do I want the students to remember at the end of today's class? a year from now? and 10 years from now?" I asked myself the same question about the Education for Sustainability Toolkit. The main themes that I would like you to remember are these:

  • ESD must be locally relevant and culturally appropriate, reflecting the environmental, economic, and social conditions of your community.

  • ESD should be created through a process of public participation in which stakeholders from across the community can express their visions for a sustainable community and what an education reoriented to address sustainability should include.

  • Each discipline, teacher, and administrator can contribute to ESD according to the strengths model.

  • Communities and school systems should work together to achieve community sustainability goals.

Education is our great hope for a sustainable future. By contemplating and taking on the important task of implementing ESD you are bringing the possibility of a more sustainable future to your community and nation.

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