Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers learners to make informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity. It is about lifelong learning and is an integral part of quality education. ESD is a holistic and transformational education that addresses learning content and outcomes, pedagogy, and the learning environment. It achieves its purpose by transforming society.

ESD is based on the United Nations (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

In recent years, London Metropolitan University’s environmental achievements have been acknowledged at a national level, resulting in the University winning several awards. We recognise our role in leading carbon reduction both through the management of the University and through our education, research, and wider role within society.

We believe that higher education is a major contributor to society’s efforts to achieve sustainability and, consequently, that a low carbon economy will require low carbon skills, which in turn will require the delivery of training and education.

In our Environmental Sustainability Policy Statement (2015) we commit to "Integrate UN Sustainable Development Goals into academic programmes'' to enable graduates to learn about sustainable development issues so they can be confident and knowledgeable.

We would like to extend an invitation to all academic staff and students to embrace this policy, taking the necessary steps to identify, develop and increase our potentiality as a university for delivering a curriculum that has Education for Sustainable Development more at its centre than its periphery. 

Learning content

Integrating critical issues, such as climate change, biodiversity, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and sustainable consumption and production (SCP), into the curriculum.

Pedagogy and learning environments

Designing teaching and learning in an interactive, learner-centred way that enables exploratory, action-oriented, and transformative learning. Rethinking learning environments, physical as well as virtual and online, to inspire learners to act for sustainability.

Societal transformation

Empowering learners of any age, in any education setting, to transform themselves and the society they live in.

  • Enabling a transition to greener economies and societies.
  • Equipping learners with skills for ‘green jobs’.
  • Motivating people to adopt sustainable lifestyles.
  • Empowering people to be ‘global citizens’ who engage and assume active roles, both locally and globally, to face and to resolve global challenges and ultimately to become proactive contributors to creating a more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure, and sustainable world.

Learning outcomes

Stimulating learning and promoting core competencies, such as critical and systemic thinking, collaborative decision-making, and taking responsibility for the present and future generations.

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