Magazine article Alternatives Journal

Future of Eco-Education

Magazine article Alternatives Journal

Future of Eco-Education

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ENVIRONMENT IS THE ISSUE of the 21st century. The complex relationship between economic, cultural and biological wealth, and the current state of all three, has created an unprecedented need to come to terms with human impact on the environment. Educational institutions must facilitate the delivery of programs that enable students to address this complex relationship across multiple disciplines. Today's graduates need to be prepared to meaningfully apply ecological principles in business, economics, policy, and culture.

In the coming years, we expect to see an increasing focus on interdisciplinary education addressing authentic environmental sustainability across curricula and campuses. In a diverse variety of future life and work endeavours, graduates need to be equipped to make choices that foster sustainable action and reflect a clear understanding of the importance of respecting ecological limits and social justice. Natural and social sciences graduates will be able to explain and navigate the social, political and ecological complexities of global environmental problems as well as their potential solutions.

Environmental employment opportunities are diverse and new career prospects are emerging in both the public and private sector as corporations and governments discover that green initiatives positively impact long-term sustainability, human health and well-being, and market share. According to ECO Canada, Canada's professional environmental workforce has consistently outpaced the growth of Canada's total workforce since 2003. …

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