Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers people with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to change the way they think and act towards a sustainable future.
UNESCO aims to transform society by changing what, where and how we learn in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and meet the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. It seeks to improve access to quality education on sustainable development at all levels and in all social contexts. ESD reorientates education so that individuals of all ages are encouraged to be responsible actors and change-makers, who resolve challenges collaboratively and contribute to creating a more sustainable world.
Learn more about UNESCO’s work on Education for Sustainable Development : https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-sustainable-development
Elsie Gabriel wants to move towards a more ocean- literate society. This young activist has created the Ocean Schools program in India for young people and local communities.
Proper Strand Lopers is a Belgian citizen’s initiative born from a Facebook group. Education and awareness-raising about beach waste is central to this.
L’Ecole des Pôles (The School of Poles) embarks young people to give them tools for the ecological transition. Welcome aboard beautiful three masted sailing ships to raise awareness of the climate emergency!
Environmental education requires a close cooperation of all segments of society. Based on this belief, the ISEE project team is building cooperation among students, teachers and families around carbon footprint awareness.
Thaiane Maciel’s idea? To raise awareness and clean up public spaces in an easy and fun way. She created Canal Novo Mundo and her enthusiasm is contagious.
By cleaning and growing trees and flowers in front of his home, a Senegalese citizen launches the #QuartierVertChallenge (GreenNeighborhoodChallenge) movement.
« We are the custodians of our natural resources ». A citizens’ movement is responding to local challenges. In the village of Shangwe in Zimbabwe, drilling a well is an opportunity to engage the community.
Through local business development, the NGO Poder y Luz Maya brings energy-efficient solutions to underserved communities in Guatemala.
Raise awareness of the environment through learning to swim. This is the original idea of Coralie Balmy in Martinique.
How to encourage local populations to plant trees to restore forests in Guinea and Senegal? The NGO ACOREC has launched a citizen challenge: #anniversaire_un _arbre ! (One birthday one tree)
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