Learning for sustainability in times of accelerating change

A.E.J. Wals, P.B. Corcoran

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We live in turbulent times, our world is changing at accelerating speed. Information is everywhere, but wisdom appears in short supply when trying to address key inter-related challenges of our time such as; runaway climate change, the loss of biodiversity, the depletion of natural resources, the on-going homogenization of culture, and rising inequity. Living in such times has implications for education and learning. This book explores the possibilities of designing and facilitating learning-based change and transitions towards sustainability. In 31 chapters contributors from across the world discuss (re)emerging forms of learning that not only assist in breaking down unsustainable routines, forms of governance, production and consumption, but also can help create ones that are more sustainable. The book has been divided into three parts: re-orienting science and society, re-connecting people and planet and re-imagining education and learning. This is essential reading for educators, educational designers, change agents, researchers, students, policymakers and entrepreneurs alike, who are concerned about the well-being of the planet and convinced of our ability to do better.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Number of pages549
ISBN (Print)9789086867578
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • learning
  • education
  • environmental education
  • development
  • sustainability
  • sustainable development
  • educational reform
  • educational innovation
  • nature and environmental education


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