chapter  2
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Education for a Transition to Sustainability

The transition to a sustainable society requires the active participation of all who

promote environmental protection, social justice, and an economy that values

and protects health. Progressive political leaders, visionary business interests,

nongovernment advocacy groups and community-based civil society organi-

zations drive the effort. The education and training required to be an effective

advocate for a sustainable future is often learned on the job and through direct

personal experience. Universities can play an important role in such education by

providing students with a broader awareness, values clarification, technical and

historical information, personal and professional skills, and an opportunity to

share experiences. Such education fits the conventional individual development

model that forms the basis of most degree-oriented higher education curricula.