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Author's note
What is E S D?
Reorienting Education
Localizing the Global Initiative
Challenges and Barriers to E S D
Community Sustainability Goals
Case Study: Toronto, Canada Board of Education
Managing Change
Public Participation
Concluding remarks
Tools to Introduce the Concept of Sustainable Development
Tools to Create Community Goals
Tools to Reorient Education to Address Sustainability
Tools for Managing Change
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Teachers and curriculum planners take an initial look at components of Education for Sustainable Development.


To identify the knowledge, skills, values, and perspectives that support teaching principles/goals of sustainability and/or issues relating to sustainability.


This exercise is for people who are beginning to think about what goes into Education for Sustainable Development. More complete curriculum development exercises and techniques should be used with people who are ready to plan curriculum.

Group size: 2 to 15 participants.

Time Needed: 1 - 3 hours.



  1. Read Reorienting Education and Process for Localizing the Global Initiative.
  2. Distribute Basic Components of ESD worksheet.
  3. Participants may complete worksheets individually or in pairs.
  4. Participants share ideas in a large group discussion. Encourage participants to add to their worksheets throughout the discussion.

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