Launched in 2005, the goal of the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development has placed sustainability education on the world stage. It aims to ensure that education is founded upon the creation of a peaceful, just and sustainable future.
Education Queensland is committed to teaching environmental sustainability as well as equipping young people with the skills they need to live in a sustainable way and has implemented a number of initiatives to support sustainability education.
In December 2006, the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Educational Renewal made 13 recommendations 209k including the development of a sustainability strategy for Queensland schools, teacher professional development and the inclusion of sustainability in core student learnings.
Destination 2010 is Education Queensland's action plan that establishes the state-wide strategies and performance measures that focus the State's and each school's commitment in providing quality education and training to meet the needs of our students and communities.
Outcome SC2 reflects Education Queensland's commitment to Environmental sustainability. Schools are required to implement strategies and actions in partnership with the community and within the school to reduce the school's ecological footprint.
A National Environmental Education Statement for Australian Schools - Educating for a Sustainable Future provides a nationally agreed description of the nature and purpose of environmental education for sustainability through all years of schooling, including a vision and a framework for its implementation. It is intended for teachers, schools and their communities, education systems and developers of curriculum materials. It is also intended as a companion to existing State and Territory polices and programmes and does not replace them.
The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, peaceful and sustainable global society in the 21st century
The Earth Charter was officially launched at the Peace Palace in The Hague on June 29, 2000. The vision is to establish a sound ethical foundation for the emerging global society and to help build a sustainable world based on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.
The Earth Charter is now endorsed by more than 8000 organizations representing approximately 100 million people around the world.
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Education Queensland Student Delegates to the 2006 Earth Dialogues described sustainability as ensuring that there will be 'enough for all forever'. Their vision for a sustainable future is outlined in the Queensland Student Blueprint for Environmental Sustainability 321k, where they urge us to acknowledge the precious state of our water, air, land and energy sources.