Sustainable consumption is a focal point of interest in the interplay of school-based health promotion and sustainability. It calls for alternative ways to satisfy the objective needs of current society and future generations whilst respecting "planetary boundaries". Action is called for that protects and safeguards environmental conditions that allow all humans to live a good and healthy life. In the pursuit of sustainable consumption, education is widely ascribed a pivotal role as an instrument for disseminating more sustainable consumer behaviors. However, beneath this seemingly consensual surface the questions of which sustainability objectives are appropriate in an educational engagement with consumption issues and how they can be pursued is the subject of controversial debate. This controversy is addressed in this chapter. In a first step, it suggests the development of key competencies as a valid and legitimate objective that addresses both individual and societal needs. The authors systematically derive a framework of key competencies for sustainable consumption and discuss the framework's application to educational practice. Secondly, the chapter addresses the question of how formal and informal learning settings need to be designed in order to promote the acquisition of such competencies among students. A participatory whole-school approach to changing the “culture of consumption” in educational organizations is presented that was developed, implemented and evaluated in a transdisciplinary 3-year project. The chapter concludes with a discussion of synergies between the sustainability and health agendas for the emergence of innovative schools for the twenty-first century.
|Title of host publication||Schools for Health and Sustainability|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theory, Research and Practice|
|Editors||V. Simovska, P. Mannix McNamara|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|