Education for Inheriting the Earth: A Comprehensive Approach to Education for Sustainable Living from Australia

By Paul Bernard Carney.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Education has a crucial part to play in the global response to climate change. The issue reaches to education’s essential role of preparing young people for life and citizenship. Climate change’s challenge to education cannot be met solely at the level of curriculum. Responding to climate change necessitates engendering cultural and behavioral change.
To effectively educate students to live more sustainably schools require holistic programs. International environment conferences have helped shape the development of such programs in a number of countries over recent decades. An example of a program designed to galvanize the interest and purpose of a school community is the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) from Australia. This article examines one secondary school’s early implementation of the AuSSI program and its vision to educate its students with a greater preparedness to inherit the earth.

Keywords: Educate for Living, Environmental Audit, Comprehensive Whole School Community Approach, Learning Culture

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.223-232. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.657MB).

Paul Bernard Carney

Environmental Science Teacher, St Monicas College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Paul Carney has taught across primary, secondary and tertiary sectors in Melbourne and in the USA. He currently teaches Environmental Science and coordinates the developments of the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative program within his secondary college. At home his interests include family times, reading, cycling and organic gardening. Exploring the natural landscapes of many countries has been an undiminished passion over thirty years. His environmental interests are aligned with concerns of social justice and with his family he is particularly involved with aid programs in Ethiopia.


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