Chapter 8

Sustainable Development andSustainable Development Education:An Eco-feminist PhilosophicalPerspective on the Importance of Gender

Karen Warren

INTRODUCTION

Sustainable development education (SDE) involves three basic issues. The first concerns the definition of sustainable development (SD). Its simplest and most well-known meaning was given in 1987 in Our Common Future (or the Brunt-land Report): ‘[Sustainable development is] development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ (WCED, 1987). The second issue concerns the definition of SDE. A broad but flexible definition is that ‘sustainable development education integrates the learning agenda with that of securing ...

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