One of the GoalsThe education for sustainable development is the most important issue that the majority of the world has agreed upon. This is development that takes into account the future while preserving current concerns. Education that is both present-oriented and future-oriented is how nations develop.
As I have argued, PaperConcerning environmental ethics in education, I believe that all aspects of education should incorporate the principles and ideas for sustainable development and consumption. These ideas should be incorporated into every course or subject of the school curriculum. Future leaders need to be educated in critical thinking skills. Nearly every occupation and livelihood has an effect on the environment.
Call for edutainability
Schools in Nigeria are not putting enough emphasis on sustainable consumption. My call is for edutainability. This idea was a combination education and sustainability. It is based in the gap that I see in the idea education for sustainable growth. This neglects the consumption side, which adversely affects the environment.
Edutainability stresses the importance of incorporating ideas about sustainable consumption and development into every subject.
I also believe that knowledge about sustainable development and consumption should be broader than just the disciplines of science and technology. Every human action has an effect on sustainability.
Edutainability is a part of environmental ethics. Environmental ethicsIt is a branch in applied philosophy that studies the conceptual basis of environmental values. It also addresses issues related to societal attitudes, actions and policies that protect and sustain biodiversity and ecological system. It applies ethical thinking to the natural environment and the relationship between humans, the planet Earth, and it.
The earlier children learn to reflect and ask questions about the environment, and the effects of human activities on it the better they can develop a care for the environment.
Children are curious and eager to learn about the world around them. This is what philosophy could do at the primary and secondary school levels. It would help children to think clearly and enable them to take part in policy-making and debates. As UNESCO It’s calledEducation that leads to sustainable development empowers citizens so they can make informed decisions and take responsible actions to ensure the sustainability of the environment, economic viability, and a just society for future generations.
It is not enough to simply tell people what they should do to protect the environment. Children must be able to see the interconnectedness of nature and humans. They must be aware of their environmental rights, including the right to inherit a healthy, sustainable environment and the right for food, water, shelter, and education. They need to be aware of the impact climate change will have on their enjoyment and exercising these rights.
For example, recent Flooding in Nigerian areasThis is one reason to incorporate environmental ethics into the country’s education system (and elsewhere in the continent). Children were among the most affected by the flooding and are still at risk. Children need to be able to understand the consequences of drought in the Sahel. Children need to understand the differences between natural and man-made disasters.
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They must also be able to understand the political nature and actions of their governments regarding climate change. They must be ready to assume control when the time comes.
Everyone is a consumer
It’s not enough that students in science and tech departments are taught environmental ethics and philosophy. This would limit the view and focus only on the producers (the two sectors), while neglecting the end users.
Certain pest control chemicals can be safe and sustainable, but improperly applying or disposing of them could pose a threat to sustainability.
My view is that every subject or course must include how to ensure and help sustain sustainable development and consumption. All academic research must include a section on sustainable consumption and development from the perspective of the discipline.
The choices made by consumers can have a significant impact on the decisions of producers when it comes to sustainable development. Everyone is a buyer.