Feel free to use as you please.
I have other research on ESD coming. I'm trying not to send
too much at once. But if you'd like me to send the info ahead of time so you can
use it, I'll be happy to do that for you. Just let me know.
Debbie, may I quote this important information in an upcoming article? I would
like to mention you as the immediate source, or could that cause problems for
From: EducationLoop@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EducationLoop@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of D.Niwa
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013
Quotes: UNESCO, Arne Duncan, U.S. Partnership …on Education for Sustainable
From what I can tell, ESD is at the top of the [global]
education reform dung heap -- the big umbrella that covers all other issues
(e.g., [common core] standards/outcomes, assessments,
curriculum, classroom methods & processes, teacher training, etc.).
Following are quotes from various sources -- UNESCO, U.S.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and the U.S. Partnership for Education for
Sustainable Development-- about [U.N. Agenda 21's] Education for Sustainable
Development (ESD) which is also referred to as "Sustainability
The following quote is about UNESCO's support of U.N.
Agenda 21's Education for Sustainable Development (emphasis added):
development requires a global change of mindset and behaviours. Indeed,
it has long been recognized that education is crucial for achieving sustainable
development. The UN Conference on the Human Environment (‘Stockholm
Conference’) in 1972 emphasized education as a way of addressing
human-environment problems. Agenda 21, the
document adopted at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED,
‘Rio Summit’, Rio de Janeiro, 1992), emphasized the need to promote
education, public awareness and training in order to assist bringing about
sustainable development. In particular, Chapter 36 (Promoting education,
public awareness and training) states: 'Education is
critical for promoting sustainable development and improving the capacity
of the people to address environment and development issues.' The World Summit
on Sustainable Development (WSSD, Johannesburg, 2002) reaffirmed this commitment
and recommended to the United Nations General Assembly the establishment of a United
Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), which
clearly recognizes the increased need to integrate
sustainable development issues and principles into education and learning.
Thus, while education clearly is not a sufficient condition in itself for
achieving sustainable development, it is certainly a necessary condition."
(Source: UN Decade Education for Sustainable Development,
UNESCO website. Accessed 4.6.13. http://www.esd-world-conference-2009.org/en/background-information/desd.html )
The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable
Integrating Sustainable Development into Education
GOAL: The U.S. Partnership consists of individuals,
organizations and institutions in the United States dedicated to education for
sustainable development (ESD). It acts as a convener, catalyst, and communicator
working across all sectors of American society.
VISION: Sustainable development fully integrated
into education and learning in the United States.
MISSION: Leverage the UN Decade to foster education
for sustainable development in the United States.
This is what U.S. Secretary of
Education Arne Duncan said in a letter addressed "To the attendees at
the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development" (Bonn,
Germany, March 31, 2009):
"Let me congratulate you on the convening of the UNESCO
World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development. President
Obama and I share a great interest in your important work to promote
education for sustainability." http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/internationaled/unesco-letter.pdf
Duncan's remarks at the Sustainability Summit (September
Excerpt: Through the Race to the
Top and other programs, we've unleashed an avalanche of pent-up reform
activity across the states and literally thousands
of districts. Later today, I will announce the winners of 21 planning
grants for the Promise Neighborhoods program.
These nonprofits, schools, and universities will be putting education at the
center of their efforts to rebuild their distressed communities. They will offer
a comprehensive set of services— health
screenings, parenting classes, and early learning opportunities. . . .
Excerpt: . . . this sustainability summit marks a new
milestone for the U.S. Department of Education. Until now, we've been mostly
absent from the movement to educate our children to be stewards of our
environment and prepare them to participate in a sustainable economy. That work
is taking hold in corporations, in other agencies
of the federal government, as well as colleges,
universities, and schools across
Excerpt: Historically, the Department of Education
hasn't been doing enough in the sustainability movement. Today, I promise you
that we will be a committed partner in the national
effort to build a more environmentally literate and
Several agencies across the federal government already have
made important contributions linking education and sustainability. The National
Science Foundation has created a network of projects that are
advancing programs that teach about the impact of climate change. The Environmental
Protection Agency makes grants to support environmental education. The National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration supports environmental
literacy through its own grant program. The Department
of Labor has awarded $490 million to support job training in skills
needed in green jobs. All of this money comes from the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Excerpt: We at the Education Department are energized
about joining these leaders in their commitment to preparing today's students to
participate in the green economy, and to be well-educated about the science of
sustainability. We must advance the sustainability
movement through education.
Excerpt: . . . At the initiative of the green team, the
Department recently issued grants to five states to develop career
pathways that will support the green economy. These career pathways will define
the academic knowledge and vocational skills that students will
need to prepare themselves for green jobs in
architecture, agriculture, energy, transportation and waste management. The National
Research Center for Career and Technical Education is working closely
with these states and, where appropriate, with the business community to design
the programs of study that will lead to success in the green industry.
(Source: The Greening of the Department of
Education: Secretary Duncan's Remarks at the Sustainability Summit, 9/10/10. http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/greening-department-education-secretary-duncans-remarks-sustainability-summit )